Utah has joined about a dozen states in exploring a new kind of revenue for road maintenance that charges drivers for miles driven, rather than fuel consumed. While many states have conducted research and pilot projects on road usage charges, Utah and Oregon are the only two states with currently operating programs.
The Utah Foundation’s recent report Measuring the Miles: Road Usage Charges in Utah examines the broader movement toward road usage charges among the states; how these charges can be implemented; the advantages and disadvantages of the types of implementation; and Utah’s new road usage charge program for electric and hybrid vehicles.
In this edition of Utah Thrives, Utah Foundation President Peter Reichard discusses road usage charges with Tiffany Pocock, Statewide Design Engineer with the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT), and Julie Bjornstad, Transportation Planner with the Wasatch Front Regional Council. Listen below.