Tag: funding for Virginia transportation
Since I really don't see how any solutions to the transportation mess we have are emanating from the toxic politics now in Richmond, I decided to try to think of a few myself. First, let's not even start with some idea that raising the gasoline tax will provide all needed future revenue. Yes, the state gas tax needs to be adjusted to account for its loss in real value due to inflation over the years, but that tax has its own problems. Greater fuel efficiency, the rising cost of gasoline, and greater use of hybrid and electric vehicles will - hopefully - reduce the amount of gas we buy. So, let's think outside of the "gas tax box" this time.
Since 2006, Oregon has experimented with a small trial system to collect transportation revenue based on a user fee calculated on miles driven. That prototype employs volunteers having GPS equipment in their cars, something that smacks a little too much of "big brother" for my tastes. However, in Virginia there would be an easy way to calculate mileage driven by vehicles in the state, using the annual inspection system already in place.