Why Explore 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) provides a different approach: pay for what you use.
In 2018, the I-95 Corridor Coalition* launched its first passenger vehicle pilot to start exploring MBUFs as a potential alternative to the fuel tax and began bringing an East Coast 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.