Today’s Pickup: Mileage-based taxes to be tested along I-95

I95 in Phildelphia

Good day,

The I-95 Corridor Coalition is moving forward with research that will help it determine whether a mileage use tax is the right approach to taxing in Pennsylvania and Delaware, according to NBC 10 Philadelphia.

The Coalition, made up of over 100 departments of transportation, port authorities, tolling agencies and other groups along the East Coast, will use a $1.16 million Federal Highway Administration grant to study the proposal.

According to the news organization, “the program will take 50 vehicles in Delaware and Pennsylvania – with drivers who travel various distances – and monitor driving habits over a year’s time (or longer) starting in 2018.”

“"We’re really trying to get as broad a swath of users as possible,” Delaware DOT Community Relations Director Charles McLeod said.

Colorado-based CH2M will manage the program.

Did you know?

Freightliner is the top selling heavy-duty truck brand in the U.S., topping 72,000 units in 2016, according to Ward’s Auto data.

Quotable:

“We want to explore the feasibility of a mileage-based usage fee as a long-term solution for funding our transportation system. How will we ensure that we will have a well-functioning transportation system in 15 to 20 years from now?”

Dr. Patricia Hendren, executive director of the I-95 Corridor Coalition, to Philadelphia NBC 10, on a proposal to study mileage-based taxation.

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Final Thoughts

The news that the I-95 Coalition plans to test mileage-based fees in two states is a step forward for that movement, but several states in the coalition backed out of plans to test similar programs for budgetary reasons. So it’s really one step forward, two steps back for proponents.

Hammer down everyone!