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Implement Large-scale Road Use Charging

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This is one of ten outcomes to make measurable progress toward achieving our strategic priorities

What Does this Outcome Mean?

In Oregon, we all help pay for building and maintaining our transportation system through a fuel tax. By 2027, we will stabilize funding to protect Oregon's transportation system for future generations. As vehicles use less gas or none at all, Oregon's environment will improve, but funding to repair and improve transportation infrastructure will diminish. To avoid a funding shortfall, a pay-per-mile system will charge Oregonians for the miles they drive.

We need a future-proof and equitable revenue stream to replace the fuel tax, so we made one in 2015: OReGO. It's a simple concept, pay for the miles you travel, not the fuel you use. Pilot programs proved it can work. Our task now is to expand the program.

Our Actions: How We’ll Get There

  • 2021: Implement a manual reporting option for road use charging members.
  • 2022: Continue outreach efforts to build public awareness about the need for sustainable transportation funding and to increase OReGo enrollment (on hold until after 2023 Legislative session).
  • 2023: Streamline point of sale enrollment at auto dealerships to facilitate the expansion of road usage charging.
  • 2023: Deploy a connected vehicle ecosystem that supports large-scale RUC implementation.
  • 2023: Complete identified critical actions to advance large-scale road usage charge capacity by 2026 (on hold until after 2023 Legislative session). 

How Will We Measure Our Success?

By 2023, complete identified critical actions to advance large-scale Road Usage Charge capacity by 2026.

Our Progress So Far

We're collaborating with partners and consultants to move into the next phase of implementation.

OReGO adoption rates are slow but steady. We expect that rate will increase when we make point of sale enrollment an option at car dealers in 2023.

Our public engagement activities are making a difference. Privacy concerns dropped by 6% in 2020. We saw a 4% increase in support for the program.

"I was skeptical at first without knowing much about it but as I learned I have become completely supportive."