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Caltrans Launches Pilot to Study Pay-By-Mile Road Charge Concept

Caltrans News Flash #85

Date: July 6, 2016
District: Headquarters
Contact: Tamie McGowen
Phone: (916) 657-5060

SACRAMENTO – Caltrans, along with 5,000 volunteers across California, just launched a new nine-month pilot program to test out a pay-by-the-mile financing model to possibly replace the gas tax. Rather than charging drivers at the pump for the gasoline they use, the pilot is exploring the option of instead charging for the miles that they actually drive.

The pilot is part of an effort to explore options for stemming the loss of dwindling gas tax funds, which have been falling over the past decade as fuel efficiency standards increase and as more and more people switch to hybrid or electric vehicles. The dwindling funds leave $5.7 billion in necessary annual maintenance to California's state highway system unfunded.

In this Caltrans News Flash, learn about the pilot, options available to volunteers to measure their mileage and how Caltrans is working to gain insight into whether a road charge program is a viable way to generate revenue to support California's aging transportation infrastructure.

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You can also learn more about the pilot program and even still sign up as a volunteer at

This Caltrans News Flash is the 84th in a series of videos highlighting Caltrans' activities that present the wide-ranging and critical work that Caltrans does to enhance California's economy and livability. To see more of these and other videos, search for #CaltransNewsFlash on Twitter or visit Caltrans News Flash on YouTube.

About the California Road Charge Pilot Program

The California Road Charge Technical Advisory Committee was created by the California Transportation Commission on January 21, 2015, to study road charging pursuant to Senate Bill 1077 (2014).  The volunteer committee represents a variety of interests and stakeholders from across the state including highway user groups, data security experts, privacy rights organizations, social equity groups, regional transportation agencies, business interests, national research and policymaking bodies, members of the Legislature and representatives from the telecommunications industry.

More information about the California Road Charge Pilot Program and participant volunteer information is available at

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