Until a few years ago, mileage-based user fees (MBUF) had been primarily studied in western states. In 2018, The Eastern Transportation Coalition, then known as the I-95 Corridor Coalition, launched its first pilot and began bringing an Eastern U.S. 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 testing ground for the potential challenges of implementing an MBUF system nationally.
Read more about our efforts to explore MBUF on the Eastern U.S. below.
2020-2021 MBUF Work: In its most recent work, the Coalition built on its earlier commercial and passenger vehicle pilots to continue the exploration of MBUF’s effect on all road users. This work included:
2019: The Coalition led an expanded passenger vehicle pilot to bring the insights and concerns of the general public into the national discussion of how to establish a sustainable and equitable transportation funding approach. The pilot ran from July through October and included nearly 900 participants, mostly from the general public in Pennsylvania and Delaware. Focus areas included: managing out-of-state mileage, interoperability with tolling, and available premium features.
2018: The Coalition launched its first passenger vehicle pilot, focused in Delaware and Pennsylvania, and primarily engaging transportation stakeholders in those states and throughout the east coast region. The main purpose was to gain a better understanding of how an MBUF system might work on the East Coast. The project also included an in-depth analysis of several MBUF-related issues, including privacy, equity, and administrative costs. Information on these topics can be found in a series of technical memorandums.
The Coalition also launched the first multi-state trucking pilot in the nation. This six-month pilot took an initial look at issues specific to the trucking industry including rate setting and compatibility with the existing regulatory framework.
The Eastern Transportation 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.