California’s Road Charge program is working collaboratively with a number of stakeholders and government agencies to design, develop, and demonstrate a sustainable mileage-based user fee that can adapt to the new, modern ways Californians move around the state.
California State Transportation Agency
The California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) is a cabinet-level agency focused on addressing the state’s transportation issues. CalSTA oversees the California Highway Patrol, the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Department of Transportation (Caltrans), the High Speed Rail Authority, and the Office of Traffic Safety.
California Transportation Commission
The California Transportation Commission (CTC) is responsible for programming and allocating funds for the construction of highway, passenger rail, transit, and active transportation improvements throughout California. The Commission also advises and assists the Secretary of the California State Transportation Agency and the Legislature in formulating and evaluating state policies and plans for California’s transportation programs.
Road Charge Technical Advisory Committee
Established in 2014 by Senate Bill 1077, the Road Charge Technical Advisory Committee is a diverse, 15 member committee run by the California Transportation Commission that made design and evaluation recommendations to CalSTA for the Road Charge Pilot Program.
Senate Bill 1328 extended the Road Charge TAC operations until January 1, 2023, and it is continuing to gather public comment and provide technical advice for California’s Road Charge program.
The Federal Highway Administration
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is an agency within the U.S. Department of Transportation that supports State and local governments in the design, construction, and maintenance of the Nation’s highway system and various federally and tribal owned lands.
FHWA is overseeing the Surface Transportation System Funding Alternatives Grant Program that is funding road charge programs across the U.S.
RUC America* (formerly RUC West) is a 20-state regional collaboration supporting pooled research studies to find a clear, factual, non-biased picture of how RUC has worked and is working in multiple states. RUC America also provides case studies, best practices, and the most up-to-date information on RUC available.
Mileage-Based User Fee Alliance
The Mileage-Based User Fee Alliance (MBUFA) is a national non-profit organization that brings together government, business, academic, and transportation policy leaders to conduct education and outreach on the potential for mileage-based user fees (or road use charges) as an alternative for future funding and improved performance of the U.S. transportation system.
Eastern Transportation Coalition
The Eastern Transportation Coalition is a partnership of 17 states and D.C. focused on connecting public agencies across modes of travel to increase safety and efficiency.
Formerly the I-95 Corridor Coalition, the organization started as an informal group of transportation professionals working together to manage highway incidents that impacted travel across state lines. In the past 25 years the Eastern Transportation Coalition has evolved from a small, highway-focused group to more than 100 public agencies working together to address the pressing challenges facing the eastern corridor.
Other State Partners
States across the United States have active road charge programs, and many other states have run pilots or are currently exploring road charge. Explore road charge across the U.S.
* RUC West was renamed RUC America in July 2022.