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TOLL: The Four Letter Word of Transportation Finance . Steve Heminger Executive Director Metropolitan Transportation Commission Transportation Research Board Executive Committee June 17, 2005. Gas Tax is a Goner. No federal rate increase since 1993

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toll the four letter word of transportation finance
TOLL:The Four Letter Word of Transportation Finance

Steve Heminger

Executive Director

Metropolitan Transportation Commission

Transportation Research Board

Executive Committee

June 17, 2005

gas tax is a goner
Gas Tax is a Goner
  • No federal rate increase since 1993
  • Less than 1/2 of states have raised their state gas tax since 1993
  • 6 states with tax hikes were due to automatic indexing
fuel efficiency stalls out
Fuel Efficiency Stalls Out

Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2004

explosive growth of suvs
Explosive Growth of SUVs

Light Duty Vehicle Sales Trends by Vehicle Type

Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2004

far higher gasoline prices abroad
Far Higher Gasoline Prices Abroad

Gasoline Prices for Selected Countries

Source: International Energy Agency, 2005

retail gasoline prices dwarf tax rate
Retail Gasoline Prices Dwarf Tax Rate

Source: Energy Information Administration, FHWA, 2005

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“Read my Lips: No New Taxes”

— George H. W. Bush, 1988

pay as you go system
“Pay As You Go” System
  • Stopped paying—no political will for tax hikes
  • Stopping going —mounting traffic congestion and repair backlogs
false trail the general fund
False Trail: The General Fund

Annual U.S. Transportation Spending

Source: The Brookings Institution, 2003

growing reliance on non user fees
Growing Reliance on Non-User Fees

Source: Surface Transportation Policy Project, 2002

u s history of toll roads
U.S. History of Toll Roads

Continued next slide

electronic toll collection the great enabler
Electronic Toll Collection:The Great Enabler

Toll collection lanes with electronic toll collection capability

(est.)

Source: FHWA

congestion tolls
Congestion Tolls

Source: Institute of Transportation Studies, UCLA

weight distance truck tolls
Weight-Distance Truck Tolls

Source: Institute of Transportation Studies, UCLA

legislative resistance
Legislative Resistance

“Tolls are a polite form of highway robbery.”

— Bill Lockyer,California Attorney General

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