How it Helps
Further, RUC can raise funds for the public transit system and other transportation-related improvements.3 It can also encourage road users to take active forms of transportation, such as biking and walking, thus improving overall community health.
Although there is not one model for how an RUC system should be implemented, there are different approaches.4 For example, drivers could be charged per mile through odometer checks or in-vehicle devices and telematics systems.
There are many concerns over implementing an RUC system including:
-Travelers’ privacy regarding GPS tracking
-Unfair burden to rural drivers who may have to drive further distances
-Unfair burden to lower-income individuals
-Disincentive for EV adoption if users do not think it will save them money
1) Oregon’s OReGO Initiative
In 2015, ODOT launched the OReGO initiative, a pay-per-mile system that is a volunteer-based program that charges participants 1.9 cents per mile they drive. Funds are then used to maintain Oregon’s roads and bridges since increasing numbers of vehicles are using less gas or running on electricity. OReGO offers incentives for volunteer participation including fuel tax credits and reduced vehicle registration fees.