Washington State Transportation Officials Are Preparing A Pay-Per-Mile Driving Pilot Program

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Washington state transportation officials are preparing a pay-per-mile driving pilot program. The Road Usage Charge or RUC would replace the state gas tax. Executive Director of the Washington State Transportation Commission, Reema Griffith, said with more electric cars and fuel efficient cars on the road revenue from the state gas tax falls flat.

The pilot program will see how much revenue can be generated if drivers pay per mile they drive as opposed to how many gallons of gas they use. The idea is to make sure all drivers are paying their fair share when it comes to how much they use state maintained roadways. The pilot program calls for 2,000 volunteers from Washington state as well as about 200 drivers from surrounding states and Canada. This would be a simulation and drivers would not really pay anything. The drivers will track their miles and report it.

Guest: Reema Griffith - Executive Director of the Washington State Transportation Commission

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