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Road User Fee Pilot Program
How it works
The Road User Fee Pilot Program is a research study designed to examine the technical and administrative feasibility of implementing a per mile fee to possibly replace the current gas tax in the future. During the Pilot Program, the following will take place:
 
  • A "pre-pilot" to work out any unexpected issues will occur during fall of 2005 with 20 volunteers. Volunteers’ cars will be equipped with on-board mileage-counting equipment.
  • In spring 2006, 280 Pilot Program volunteers in Portland will have the on-board mileage-counting equipment added to their vehicles. For a period of one year, volunteers will pay a road user fee equal to 1.2 cents a mile and will not pay the gas tax.
  • Two service stations in the Portland area will be equipped with mileage reader devices.
  • Pilot participants will be asked to fill their vehicles at these participating service stations when convenient.
  • When refueling, the on-board mileage counter will communicate with the mileage readers placed at the pumps. When the purchase is totaled, the gas tax will be deducted automatically and the road user fee will be added automatically.
  • A federal requirement of the Pilot Program is to test the ability to count separately miles traveled during "rush hour" within a congested area. Some of the pilot volunteers will be in a "rush hour" pricing group to test this concept.
  • 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.