A mileage basd user fee - also known as a road user charge or a vehicle miles traveled fee - is a user fee that is based on the number of miles driven. The Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act included $95 million in competitive grants for states to explore this concept.
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The federal gas tax of 18.4 cents per gallon has not been increased since 1993 and has lost 65 percent of its purchasing power.
General Mills estimates that for every one mile per hour reduction in average speeds of its trucking shipments below the posted speed limits adds $2 million in higher annual costs.
By failing to invest in our vital transportation systems by 2020, businesses would pay an extra $430 billion in transportation costs, household incomes would fall by $7,000 and U.S. exports would fall by $28 billion.
According to UPS, if congestion causes each UPS delivery driver to incur 5 minutes of delay it would cost the company $100 million.
In Chicago, the nation’s biggest rail center, congestion is so bad that it takes a freight train longer to get through the city limits than it does to get to Los Angeles.
The on-site costs of mining metallurgical coal in North America may be the same as in Australia. But the cost of shipping it to the coasts to export it to Asia is up to 4 times greater due to transportation and logistical costs.
Only three U.S. ports (Norfolk, Baltimore and Miami) are dredged deep enough to accommodate the post-Panamax ships that will become the norm when the newly widened Panama Canal opens.
Vehicle travel on America’s highways increased by 17 percent from 2000 to 2017, while new road mileage increased by only 5 percent.
In some urban areas driving on roads in need of repair can cost the average driver $603 per year.
43 percent of the nation's major roads are in poor or mediocre condition. Driving on roads in need of repair costs U.S. motorists $130 billion a year in extra vehicle repairs and operating costs or $603 per motorist.
The total cost of congestion in 2018 was $166 billion or $1,010 in wasted time and fuel for every traveler. Americans wasted 54 hours sitting in congestion in 2018. This is up from 16 hours in 1982.