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Road User Fee Pilot Program
  • July 2001: With the steady erosion of revenue from the state’s gas tax, the Oregon State Legislature creates the Road User Fee Task Force to examine various alternatives for replacing Oregon’s gas tax as the primary source of revenues for repairing, maintaining, and building Oregon’s roads.
  • December 2001: Oregon Department of Transportation receives first of three grants from the Federal Highway Administration’s Value Pricing Program to fund Task Force projects.
  • March 2003: RUFTF, administered by ODOT, presents the idea of a mileage-based charge because it is a fair, simple, and affordable way to generate road revenue.
  • May 2004: ODOT and Oregon State University successfully test on-board equipment that counts and communicates mileage so that gas stations can collect information and deduct the gas tax while adding the mileage-based charge.
  • Fall 2005: A pre-pilot using 20 vehicles tests all facets of program.
  • Spring 2006: Recruiting volunteers for the Pilot and equipping cars with on-board equipment begins in Portland.
  • Spring 2006 – 2007: The Road User Fee Pilot Program commences with 280 vehicles. Because the Pilot is a test, many policy options remain for decision-makers, such as charging a lower rate-per-mile for vehicles that achieve a certain fuel efficiency, for motorists that avoid rush hour zones, or for those participating in other environmentally-friendly situations.
  • Summer 2007: Final report and evaluation complete.