Oregon’s Road User Fee Task Force (RUFTF) recommended a model for expanding the state’s road user charging program, OReGO, to generate an additional US$88m in transportation funding by 2040. The program, which will now go the Oregon legislature for consideration, is one of six options created by RUFTF after the Oregon Department of Transportation informed the task force that fuel tax revenue will decline due to increased vehicle fuel efficiency by 2020.
With the fuel tax revenue due to become negative by the aforementioned point, OreGO is believed to be the future:
“I am thrilled to have this recommendation come out of the task force,” said RUFTF chair, Vicki Berger. “Road usage charging is the future of transportation funding. It is forward thinking and forward looking. It’s important that transportation funding move forward, and that the OReGO program be part of that discussion, in the next legislative session.”