The Eastern Transportation Coalition, formerly known as the I-95 Corridor Coalition, is a partnership of 17 states and the District of Columbia focused on connecting for solutions to support the economic engine of the U.S. The Coalition represents 40% of the U.S. population and GDP.
The Coalition is dedicated to advancing the national conversation around mileage-based user fees through real-world pilots, education, and outreach. The unique characteristics of the Eastern U.S.– such as significant cross-state travel, numerous toll facilities, and several major truck corridors – make it a natural testing ground for the potential challenges of implementing a mileage-based user fee (MBUF) system nationally.
The Coalition is neutral regarding MBUF as the ultimate solution for transportation funding but wants to ensure the voices of citizens along the Eastern U.S. are part of the national discussion. Results from studies across the country will help policymakers decide on next steps.
We all expect and depend on safe and efficient travel, but how will we pay for our roads and bridges in the future?
Right now, most funding used to maintain our transportation system comes from a tax we pay on each gallon of fuel when we fill up at the pump. As fuel efficiency increases and more electric vehicles are on the road, the amount motorists pay to use our transportation system becomes more linked to the amount of fuel purchased versus the number of miles they drive. An MBUF model provides a different approach: pay for what you use.
In 2018, the Coalition launched its first passenger vehicle pilot to start exploring mileage-based user fees as a potential alternative to the fuel tax and to bring an Eastern U.S. perspective to this critical national conversation. Since then, the Coalition has continued its study of MBUF with several real-world pilots focused on passenger vehicles and commercial trucks.