Paying for pavement

Lee W Munnich, Ferrol Robinson

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Martin Wachs shares his views on the re-shapening of the transportation finances in the US. He has revealed about the pricing travel more fairly using a flexible approach that is based on vehicle-miles traveled (VMT). The Federal Highway Trust Fund, which is based on the motor fuel tax, was set up more than 50 years ago to ensure a dependable source of financing for the National System of Interstate and Defense Highways and the Federal Aid Highway Program. Recent commission reports and studies point to distance-based charges or VMT fees as the most promising mid- to long-term solution to replace the fuel tax. Non-GPS technology is currently available that makes it possible to conduct a large-scale implementation of distance-based charges within two to five years. This approach goes a long way toward addressing public concern about a potential invasion of privacy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)16-18
Number of pages3
JournalIssues in Science and Technology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2009


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