Why Explore Mileage-Based User Fees (MBUF)?

We all expect and depend on getting where we need to go safely and efficiently…but how will we pay for our roads and bridges in the future?

Right now, most of our funding used to maintain our transportation system comes from a tax we pay on each gallon of fuel each time 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. A mileage-based user fee (MBUF) model provides a different approach: pay for what you use.

In 2018, The Eastern Transportation Coalition, known then as the I-95 Corridor Coalition, launched its first passenger vehicle pilot to start exploring MBUFs as a potential alternative to the fuel tax and to bring an Eastern Seaboard perspective to this critical national conversation.

The unique characteristics of the Eastern Seaboard – such as significant cross-state travel, numerous toll facilities, and several major truck corridors – make it a natural and important testing ground for the potential challenges of implementing an MBUF system nationally.

The Coalition is neutral if MBUF is the ultimate solution to establishing a sustainable and equitable transportation funding approach.

The Eastern Transportation Coalition

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 neutral regarding MBUF as the ultimate solution for transportation funding but wants to ensure that the voices of citizens along the Eastern Seaboard are part of the national discussion. Results from studies across the country will help policymakers decide on next steps.

The Eastern Transportation Coalition, formerly known as the I-95 Corridor Coalition, is expanding its exploration of a mileage-based user fee model. Stay tuned for more information on our next pilot, coming later this year.