This study was conducted to estimate the extent of travel and attendant fuel sales atributable to out-of-state vehicles on Indiana highways. This information would be useful in making decisions regarding the source of additional highway revenue by raising motor fuel taxes or using funds from the general revenue source; if the extent of out-of-state travel and fuel sales is siignificant, then the additional motor fuel taxes might be more equitable than the diversion of funds from the general revenue source which have come only from Indiana tax payers. The data for the study was collected from a field survey conducted throughout the state. The analysis was conducted by highway type and by the type of vehicle. The sample data was expanded for statewide representation by using extrapolation factors developed in the study. Separate computations were done for automobiles, pick-ups and vans, and trucks. The analysis indicated that in 1979 the total vehicle-miles of travel on Indiana highways would amount to 4 3,141 x 10 sub 6 and the total out-of-state travel would be 13,663 x 10 sub 6 vehicle-miles or 32% of total travel. The corresponding fuel sales to out-of-state vehicles in Indiana would be 961.5 x 10 sub 6 gallons representing about 31% of total expected motor fuel sales in Indiana in 1979 for highway purpose. The results clearly establishes the significance of Indiana as a crossroads state, and it is therefore recommended that any additional soruce of highway revenue should come from motor fuel taxes and not from general revenue.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Purdue University/Indiana Department of Transportation JHRP

    Purdue University, School of Civil Engineering
    West Lafayette, IN  United States  47907-1284
  • Authors:
    • Sinha, K C
  • Publication Date: 1979-12-17

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 57 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00319406
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Project: C-36-73G
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 19 1981 12:00AM