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09:00
  1. 25 mins
    • Understanding the history and evolution of RUC in the USA and how it relates to other forms of charging
    • Overview of the concepts, business approaches, and technology alternatives
    • What the future holds for RUC
09:25
  1. 25 mins
    • How to make the border-to-border pilot a success in a nation as large and diverse as the USA
    • What interplay is needed between Capitol Hill, State DOTs and the Government Accountability Office?
    • Challenges, opportunities, and lessons                                                                                                                     reason
09:50
  1. 25 mins

     

    • Overview and status update on RUC programs and pilots on the east coast
    • What went well, what went wrong
    • What was learned through implementation and operation of the programs
10:15
  1. 25 mins
    • Overview and status update on RUC programs and pilots on the west coast
    • What went well, what went wrong
    • What was learned through implementation and operation of the programs
11:20
  1. 25 mins
    • After a decade of comprehensive research and extensive testing of road usage charging (RUC), Washington State has become a national RUC leader
    • Under the leadership of the State Transportation Commission, Washington State is poised to launch a RUC program that will be a first of its kind in the country, taking a progressive and innovative approach
    • This session will cover Washington State’s RUC research program, Forward Drive, and provide the latest happenings on RUC in the state including the Commission’s ground-breaking 2023 RUC recommendations
11:45
  1. 25 mins
    • Challenges of working with state legislative leaders to help them understand the implications of alternative road funding methods
    • How to sustain a long-term policy conversation across multiple legislative sessions
12:10
  1. 45 mins

     

    • What has Congress done historically and what it is doing now?
    • Is Congress doing enough?
    • Life beyond the FAST Act
13:55
  1. 25 mins
    • Analysis of the impact that a shift to RUC would have on socioeconomic equity
    • Consequence of increasingly affordable highly efficient vehicles and maturity of secondary market
    • Should additional policy decision be considered to mitigate the burden on low-income households?
14:20
  1. 25 mins
    • While EVs play a critical role in meeting climate goals, they erode the main transportation revenue source: fuel taxes.
    • Policy considerations for introducing a RUC for EVs - incentivizing the shift without impacting transportation funding.
    • Challenges, opportunities, and alternatives for capturing revenue from alternatively fuelled vehicles.

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14:45
  1. 25 mins
    • Rural and long-distance drivers often object to the per-mile fee concept
    • Fear that distance-based RUC will unfairly burden them relative to urban drivers
    • Is this geographic inequity real or imagined?
15:50
  1. 25 mins
    • Using RUC as a progressive environmental policy tool
    • Harnessing user charges and the ‘polluter pays principle’ to reduce transport sector emissions
    • Incentivizing mobility behaviour change
16:40
  1. 45 mins

     

    • Evaluating the role of metropolitan planning organisations (MPOs) in RUC planning
    • Lessons learned along the way
09:00
  1. 25 mins
    • Exploring the differences and synergies between these systems
    • Which is more effective?
    • Can future infrastructure funding systems accommodate all approaches?
09:25
  1. 25 mins
    • Thoughtful and insightful development of messaging
    • Addressing various audiences with messaging that is targeted and relevant based on the needs and concerns of each group
    • Determining timing and frequency so the RUC adoption process goes as smoothly as possible

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09:50
  1. 25 mins
    • Why drivers refuse to surrender their driving data
    • Can RUC protect driver data?
    • Additional measures to enhance driver privacy
10:15
  1. 25 mins
    • How concerns about reduced fuel-tax revenues, pandemic-induced changes in travel behavior, equity and climate change are impacting toll rate setting parameters, policies, and processes
    • Rate setting for the advancement of sustainable revenue, equity, and climate change
11:20
  1. 20 mins
    • New research and technologies
    • Native automaker telematics – direct data reporting
11:45
  1. 25 mins
    • How to capture and maximise collection of toll/RUC revenues
    • Can the system be fair and equitable for all users?
    • Looking to tolling to inform new road funding mechanisms
12:10
  1. 45 mins
    • Solutions that respond to specific multijurisdictional challenges of the RUC transition,
    • Examples of cross border and out-of-state users, enforcement and compliance, audit and financial management, and adjudication of delinquent accounts
    • Lessons learned from Europe’s experience of an challenges with interoperability
13:55
  1. 25 mins
    • Overview of the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles’ pay-per-mile RUC scheme
    • How it ensures fuel-efficient and electric vehicles pay their fair share toward covering wearing and tear on the state’s roads
    • The significance of being the first mileage-based user free RUC program on the US East Coast
14:20
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    • Status update on the planned central business district tolling program in Downtown Manhattan
14:45
  1. 25 mins
    • If, where and how congestion pricing could be tested
    • Results of initial technical evaluation and public meetings
    • Status update on submitting pilot program and implementation plan in 2023
15:50
  1. 25 mins
    • Understanding of what IFTA is and who it represents
    • Understanding the difficulties in achieving uniformity among states and provinces
    • Utilizing the IFTA platform, process, and association to help facilitate a transition from fuel use tax to a road usage charge

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16:15
  1. 25 mins
    • The gas tax cannot meet current and long-term transportation funding needs because it continues to generate less revenue as cars become more fuel-efficient
    • By 2030, as much as half of the revenue that could be collected from the gas tax will be lost to fuel efficiency
    • States need to explore more sustainable transportation funding models to generate adequate revenue to support their road maintenance and improvement needs
16:40
  1. 45 mins
    • What are the options?
    • Are they sustainable for addressing the systemic problems of the current gas tax funding model?
    • Which states are currently researching and exploring these alternatives?