For Immediate Release
HDOT will assess feasibility of road usage charging as an alternative to gas taxes, based on financial, policy, and administrative analysis and consultation with stakeholders
Reston, VA — January 14, 2016 — Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) has awarded a contract to D’Artagnan to conduct a statewide feasibility study of mileage-based user fees, also known as road usage charges (RUC). Expected declines in gas tax revenue at the state and federal levels have motivated HDOT to explore RUC as a possible funding source to ensure the future provision of the safe and efficient roadways that the public relies on. D’Artagnan will research and analyze the current road finance situation and trends in Hawaii, evaluate policy issues including issues unique to Hawaii, and consider administrative alternatives for implementing RUC, all in close consultation with HDOT and key stakeholders. The study will provide all inputs necessary for HDOT to make a robust feasibility determination that it can report to the state Legislature.