Oregon legislators approved a bill on July 6 that will provide an estimated $5.3 billion in new transportation infrastructure revenue over the next 10 years through a combination of motor fuel tax and transportation-related fee increases. The legislation will:...read more
Oregon is moving forward with a multibillion-dollar transportation spending package. The legislation includes a tax and fee increase, which will raise $5.3 billion for roads and bridges over the next 10 years. The package was approved by the state house 39-20 on July...read more
Arizona launched a five-year infrastructure plan, which aims to improve congestion on major interstates and includes the state’s first public-private partnership highway project. This program follows other major transportation plans in Virginia, Indiana, and...read more
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) on June 28 announced a compromise agreement on a new transportation spending package. The plan includes $4 billion in new taxes and fees, but loses many features of an earlier proposal which would have generated $8.2 billion. Highlights...read more
Approved Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) approved a bill on May 31 to create a $100 annual registration fee for electric motor vehicles and a $30 annual fee for hybrid motor vehicles. The law goes into effect on Nov. 1. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) approved a...read more
Approved The South Carolina legislature voted May 10 to override Gov. Henry McMaster’s (R ) veto of H.3516. Read more about the bill, which includes a state gas tax increase, new electric and hybrid vehicle fees, and more. South Carolina is the fifth state to increase...read more
Today Indiana House and Senate leaders reported on April 19 that they had reached a deal to provide long-term transportation funding, including a 10 cents-per-gallon motor fuel tax increase (indexed to inflation for the next seven years, with a cap of 1 cent increase...read more
A Jan. 26 review of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) by the Legislative Audit Bureau found that the agency did not take into account inflation and design changes when estimating project cost, causing them to greatly underestimate the cost of 19...read more
Governors & Lawmakers In her Jan. 9 inaugural address, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) stated her intent to pass a transportation funding package to invest in highways and mass transit. Read More>> In his annual state budget plan released Jan....read more
A number of states are expected make transportation funding a priority in their 2017 legislative sessions. This includes a dozen states where we think there is a good chance of legislation moving forward. Many legislators held off on introducing major bills in 2016,...read more
The Wyoming Department of Transportation’s funds remain stable, despite cuts to the state budget that have affected multiple other state agencies. The department’s financial stability is due in part to its minimal reliance on the state general fund, which only...read more
Aug. 31: FHWA to Administer $14.2 Million in Grants for Alternative Transportation Revenue Test Programs
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) on Aug. 30 announced eight state transportation projects would receive $14.2 million in grants to assess alternative revenue mechanisms under the Surface Transportation System Funding...read more
U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper (D- Tenn.) stated Aug. 19 that Tennessee is at risk of losing approximately $60 million in federal highway funding due to a newly enacted state law that raised the allowable limit of blood-alcohol content (BAC) for 18- to 20-year-olds to 0.08....read more
by Tyler Kane, Transportation Investment Advocacy Center Ballot initiatives proposed by a coalition of Colorado businesses that sought to increase investment in roads, bridges, and highways throughout the state were withdrawn on May 18 from this year’s upcoming...read more
Portland, Oregon voters approved a 10 cents-per-gallon local gas tax on May 17, with unofficial results showing 51.8 percent of residents voted in favor of the measure. The local gas tax will expire after four years and will begin no earlier than September 2016. It is...read more
Oregon 2016 Ballot Measure Results
Vehicle Miles Traveled Pilot Program (VMT):
- Pilot program, started July 1, 2015, permits volunteers to abstain from the state’s motor fuel excise tax and be charged 1.5 cents-per vehicle miles traveled for a trial period (end date will be determined by the Oregon legislature).
- Electric vehicles, most diesel vehicles manufactured before 2006, vehicles manufactured before 1996, and vehicles weighing over 10,000 pounds are not eligible to participate in the program.
- Compressed natural gas (CNG): 30 cents-per-120 cubic feet (measured at 14.73 pounds per square inch of pressure at 60 degrees Farenheit)
- Propane (LPG): 30 cents-per 1.3 gallons
- Liquid fuels taxed at state motor fuel tax rate of 30 cents-per-gallon.
Fees: Optional Annual fee:
- In lieu of the state fuel excise tax, operators of motor vehicles using natural gas or propane may elect to pay an annual fee based off of combined vehicle weight.
- Vehicle owners that elect to pay the annual fee instead of excise tax must renew their vehicle registration annually, versus biennially.
- Vehicle registration fees are increased based on weight.
*Federal funding percentages are from an ARTBA analysis of FHWA Highway Statistics data, total ten year average 2004-2013 from tables SF-1 and SF-2. The percent is the ratio of federal aid reimbursements to the state and total state capital outlays and is indicative of the importance of the federal aid program to state capital spending for highways and bridges. Does not include local capital spending. Federal highway reimbursements are primarily used for capital outlays, including construction, right of way and engineering, but are also used for debt service for GARVEE bonds.