A: Senate Bill 1077 requires the California Transportation Commission (CTC), in consultation with the Secretary of the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA), to create a Road Usage Charge Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) to guide the development and evaluation of the pilot program to assess the potential for mileage-based revenue collection for California’s roads and highways as an alternative to the gas tax system.
Based on the recommendations of the TAC, CalSTA will implement a live pilot demonstration with volunteer drivers no later than January 1, 2017, to identify and evaluate issues related to the potential implementation of a road charge program in California. CalSTA will report its findings based on the results of the pilot program to the TAC, the CTC, and the appropriate policy and fiscal committees of the Legislature by no later than June 30, 2018. In their report, CalSTA will include a discussion of cost, privacy, jurisdictional issues, feasibility, complexity, acceptance, use of revenues, security and compliance, data collection technology, potential for additional driver services, and implementation issues. The pilot program will ultimately conclude in December 2018 upon submittal of recommendations by the CTC as part of their annual report to the Legislature.