We are less than a month away from reaching the end of the pilot on March 31, 2017! As we get closer to our destination, we’d like to let you know of some next steps to stay in the know regarding the pilot results.
The Road Charge Program will be holding five focus groups throughout the state in the month of March to ask selected participants about their overall pilot experience. We are committed to continually hearing feedback from our participants and the information gathered from focus groups will help inform our final report to the Legislature.
After the conclusion of the pilot, the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) will compile a final findings report for the Legislature, the California Transportation Commission, and the Road Charge Technical Advisory Committee that will be submitted in June 2017.
This report will include information about the final pilot results, public acceptance, and will be followed up by recommendations from the CTC to the Legislature.
Vehicle Miles Traveled
Below is the total number of miles participants have driven throughout the pilot, as of February 2017:
Upcoming Public Meetings
The next Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) public meeting will take place in Sacramento, CA on April 21, 2017. For past TAC meeting information, click here.
We will continue to reach out to you with status updates on the final report and the next steps taken after the pilot concludes. The next pilot program update will be sent in April of 2017. We truly value your continued interest in the California Road Charge Pilot Program! We hope you will continue to stay engaged with road charge in California.
Thank you for coming along with us for the ride!
California Road Charge Pilot Program Team
Nubo wrote:The time when gasoline tax made sense as a road funding mechanism is past.
The operative word being "fair".
rmay635703 wrote:Nubo wrote:The time when gasoline tax made sense as a road funding mechanism is past.
The operative word being "fair".
Nah, gas tax is the most efficient way of collecting road tax, peg its percentage to the road budget and assumed consumption
(which varies less than you think)
The only exception is large over 10k lb trucks and commercial vehicles which are the only vehicles that damage roads and they already have fee structure s that could be modified.
Less than 1% is lost to administering the gas taxes. (Similar case with sales tax)
When collecting fees; Around half is lost to admin, (like license fees)only half is value add rest is lost, fees for smog is even worse. (Some smog fee programs don't break even). And yes public record is that government fee programs are very inefficient, so if you figure doubling the tax to charge everybody more, while tossing half in the garbage is more fair have at her.
So if we want to remove gas tax, we will have to double collections just to break even to current collection levels.
Good reason to eliminate all fees on private cars and just bungle the loss into the "energy" tax, we would be way ahead in the long run even without increasing revenue.
Heck this is even ignoring the massive waste, massive budget overages and poor construction techniques used in some areas
DarthPuppy wrote:The road repairs is just the bait to get it passed. If I understand it correctly, the only true restrictions on the spending is that it be for 'transportation projects', which means the funds will likely be siphoned off to pay for his high speed train when Trump cancels the Federal funding. I wouldn't hold your breath waiting for our roads to get better.
RonDawg wrote:DarthPuppy wrote:The road repairs is just the bait to get it passed. If I understand it correctly, the only true restrictions on the spending is that it be for 'transportation projects', which means the funds will likely be siphoned off to pay for his high speed train when Trump cancels the Federal funding. I wouldn't hold your breath waiting for our roads to get better.
And now there is discussion about diverting at least $15 million of the new tax money towards non-transportation projects:
We Did It! We have reached the end of the live pilot demonstration and will now be working on compiling the pilot results into a final report. . . .
Total Miles Driven
Here is the total number of miles driven by participants throughout the pilot: 37,258,866.
Caltrans and the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) are currently compiling a final findings report for the policy and fiscal committees of the California Legislature, the California Transportation Commission (CTC), and the Road Charge Technical Advisory Committee scheduled to be released in July 2017.
This report will include information about the final pilot results and participant feedback. Once the final report is completed, it will be publically accessible on our program website!
In addition, the final report will be followed up by road charge recommendations from the CTC to the California Legislature no later than December 2017. . . .
Upcoming Public Meetings
The next Road Charge Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) public meeting will take place in San Diego, CA on May 19, 2017. Visit the California Transportation Commission website for additional meeting details. . . .
California Governor signs $52B fuel tax and vehicle fee bill for transportation infrastructure; $100 ZEV fee
30 April 2017
California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed into law SB1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017. The bill will raise $52.4 billion over the next decade through an increase in fuel taxes and vehicle fees—including on zero emission vehicles (ZEVs)—to fix roads, freeways and bridges in communities across California and put more dollars toward transit and safety.
The package is funded in the following ways:
$7.3 billion by increasing diesel excise tax 20 cents (currently $0.13) on 1 November 2017.Accountability provisions direct the funds to transportation only. . . .
$3.5 billion by increasing diesel sales tax to 5.75% on 1 November 2017.
$24.4 billion by increasing gasoline excise tax 12 cents (currently $0.30) on 1 November 2017.
$16.3 billion from an annual transportation improvement fee based on a vehicle’s value starting 1 January 2018
$200 million from an annual $100 Zero Emission Vehicle fee starting 1 July 2020.
$706 million in General Fund loan repayments.