Aug. 31: FHWA to Administer $14.2 Million in Grants for Alternative Transportation Revenue Test Programs
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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of Colorado businesses that sought to increase investment in roads, bridges, and highways throughout the state were withdrawn on May 18 from this year’s upcoming...read more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
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Nebraska lawmakers April 12 approved a bill that will create a state transportation infrastructure bank. Initial funding includes $50 million from the state’s rainy day fund and the 2 cents-per-gallon gas tax increase, which was signed into law in 2015. The bill also...read more
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Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) proposed an increase in the state motor fuel tax during his Jan. 26 State-of-the-State address. Read More *** A plan to increase the Alaskan state gas tax received its first legislative hearing Jan. 26. The state is currently facing a...read more
In the past three years, 16 states have increased taxes on motor fuels in order to generate new transportation revenue. Despite the challenges of increasing taxes during an election year, that number is likely to grow as several states have already begun discussing...read more
This successful vehicles-miles-traveled (VMT) pilot program passed in the Oregon state legislature in 2013, and this road usage charge system will be the first in the nation. Senate Bill 810 established a new program in which drivers are able to voluntarily...read more
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Oregon 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.