End of the Road for Gas Taxes: The Case for Switching to Road User Charges

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2318
45 Independence Ave SW
Washington, DC 20515

America has long paid for its surface transportation system with gas taxes. But while traffic demands have continued to increase, technological advances are changing the revenue equation: More fuel-efficient gas and diesel engines, plus an influx of hybrid and electric vehicles, means less revenue per mile traveled. The shortfall is readily apparent to all in the form of potholes spreading like a pox across the country’s deteriorating infrastructure. Recognizing this situation is unsustainable, federal and state policymakers are increasingly expressing interest in switching to a “road user charge” system (RUC) that uses technology to log the mileage of cars and trucks and charge them accordingly. As Congress debates surface transportation policy—and considers the merits of moving forward with an RUC system—it is important to dispel myths shaping the RUC debate, including that it would make rural drivers pay more and would threaten privacy.

Please join ITIF for the release of a new report—“A Policymaker’s Guide to Road User Charges”—and an expert panel discussion that will delve into the myths and realities of RUC systems and what Congress should do to enable progress. 

Follow @ITIFdc and join the discussion on Twitter with the hashtag #ITIFpaypermile


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Robert D. Atkinson
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Emil Frankel
Senior Fellow
Eno Center for Transportation
Susan Howard
Program Director for Transportation Finance and Director, BATIC Institute
American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials
Adrian Moore
Vice President of Policy
Reason Foundation