Oregon’s Voluntary Road User Charge Program

Like many other states, Oregon now recognizes, for political and economic reasons, that fuel tax revenues will not keep pace with improvements in vehicle fuel efficiency. Oregon has undergone extensive policy implementation to remedy this inefficiency and identify an alternative method of tax collection that could replace the dwindling revenues that have been traditionally derived from fuel taxes. After much research, the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) conducted two pilot programs, and recently received both legislative and executive approval to begin charging volunteer road users not by the amount of fuel they consume, but rather by the distance they travel through a flat per-mile rate. ODOT officials are currently conducting procurement processes and public relations initiatives to establish a larger pool of volunteers for their Road User Charge (RUC) Program set to begin on July 1, 2015. The purpose of this report is to identify important lessons learned by ODOT throughout their process of implementing the RUC as an alternative source of funding, and determine how those lessons could be applied in Texas, if such an initiative is to be considered. ODOT’s initiative has undergone years of extensive research, technical collaboration, public outreach, and significant legislative attention. While other states have recognized the dire need to remedy their revenue collections and have considered an alternative method focused on road user fees, they have failed to successfully address the issue.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 41p
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01531523
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: TxDOT 0-6581-Task 19-4
  • Created Date: Jul 14 2014 10:48AM