California Road Charge Pilot Program
What's New with Road Charge?
About the Pilot Program
An efficient transportation system is critical to California’s economy and quality of life. We need a long-term replacement for the outdated gas tax, as it cannot meet our transportation funding needs in the future. California has taken the next steps with a nine-month pilot program that explored how a road charge funding system could work in California.
Now that the live pilot demonstration has concluded, The California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) will submit a final findings report to the Legislature, the California Transportation Commission, and the Road Charge Technical Advisory Committee in summer of 2017.
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What Is Road Charge?
Road charging means drivers pay to help maintain the roads based on the distance they travel or a period of time they use the roads, rather than the amount of gasoline they consume.
Why Are We Studying Road Charge?
The Legislature created a Road Charge Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) to study road charging because the state gas tax is not able to generate enough money to fix all the 50,000 miles of roads in California. The revenues currently available for highways and local roads are insufficient for preserving and maintaining road infrastructure, reducing congestion, and improving the driving experience. As vehicle fuel efficiency increases, more vehicles use our roadways, and construction costs increase, California is experiencing a loss in revenue needed to maintain our highway sustem.
Background - Senate Bill (SB) 1077
On September 29, 2014 Governor Brown signed into law Senate Bill (SB) 1077, which requires the state of California to design and implement a statewide pilot program to study the implications of a road charge model no later than January 1, 2017.
Pursuant to SB 1077, the California Transportation Commission (CTC), in conjunction with the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA), established a 15-member TAC that studied all aspects of road charging, with an emphasis on certain mandated considerations such as privacy, data security and a host of technology implications. The TAC prepared and submitted to CalSTA official recommendations for the design of the live road charge pilot demostration that concluded on March 31, 2017.