A Mileage-Based User Fee (MBUF):
• Charges drivers for the number of miles traveled, not how much fuel is consumed
• Creates a link between how much you pay and how much you drive instead of basing it on your vehicle’s fuel efficiency
• Is currently being explored as a potential alternative to the fuel tax you pay at the pump
If you are a resident in the Eastern U.S., use our MBUF calculator to see how much you could pay with a MBUF system instead of the state fuel tax.
Please note that no money is exchanged during the Coalition pilots. All “payments” are simulated.
No. Our work assumes that an MBUF system would replace the current state fuel tax.
State and federal governments are looking to MBUF as a potential replacement for the fuel tax because the way we currently fund transportation is not sustainable. Vehicle fuel efficiency has improved dramatically since the fuel task was introduced over 100 years ago. Vehicles can go farther on less fuel or none at all. Though this has been great for our wallets and the environment, increased fuel efficiency has presented a challenge for the transportation system that depends on taxes collected per gallon. As vehicles become more fuel efficient, they contribute less revenue to building and maintaining roads, yet continue to contribute to wear and tear as well as congestion. A MBUF system is one alternative to the existing fuel tax to ensure that our transportation system receives the necessary funding for future generations.
Each state decides which transportation funding mechanism makes sense for their state. In many states, no decisions about MBUF have been made. Pilots in the Eastern U.S. and in other states throughout the country provide the opportunity to experience how MBUF might work in real life. Results from this project will help national and state policymakers decide on next steps.
In our pilot work, we have consistently seen concerns about privacy drop among pilot participants. This is due to: