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Consultancy to develop road usage charge ‘roadmap’ for western states

In recent years, road usage charging (RUC), has grown in popularity among state government officials in search of long-term solutions to address declining gas tax revenues. However, there is no known resource that synthesizes prior efforts to study or implement RUC, examines their effectiveness, or translates these experiences into lessons learned.

Now, the Western Road Usage Charge Consortium (WRUCC) has awarded a contract to D’Artagnan Consulting to develop a roadmap for its member states to consider road usage charges. As one of the leading consultancies in the field of road charging and sustainable transportation funding, the D’Artagnan team will draw on its extensive work supporting RUC efforts globally, in order to provide a comprehensive analysis of past experiences, successes, failures, and lessons learned to assist nascent efforts to formulate distance based charging strategies.

Eleven WRUCC member states will participate in the study, whose outputs will include a synthesis report of policy development approaches and processes. In addition, D’Artagnan will create and customize a decision tool for agencies and policy makers to use in guiding the development of RUC policies in their own jurisdictions. Last month, the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT), one of the WRUCC member states, awarded a contract to the company to conduct a statewide feasibility study of mileage-based road user fees. D’Artagnan is also involved in the advanced stages of RUC pilot programs with three other WRUCC member states: Oregon, California and Washington State.

Last year, D’Artagnan, in conjunction with Parsons Brinkerhoff and Berk Consulting, was awarded a contract by the Washington State Transportation Commission (WSTC) to continue the evaluation and assessment of an RUC as an alternative to the motor vehicle fuel tax to fund investments in transportation. The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) also retained D’Artagnan as the prime contractor to assist the agency with formulation, design, management and implementation of the California Road Charge Pilot Program.

February 2, 2016

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