California relies on gas tax and other fuel tax revenues to fund its roadway maintenance and repairs. But the current transportation funding system is outdated and insufficient. More than $5.7 billion in repairs go unfunded each year because of the deficit, directly impacting Californians’ quality of life.
Senate Bill 1 raised the gas tax and adjusted it for inflation, but it’s a short-term solution to a long-term funding crisis. California needs a new transportation funding system that’s fair for all drivers.
Caltrans developed, deployed, and evaluated the nation’s largest road charge trial to date under the direction of the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA), the California Transportation Commission (CTC), and the Road Charge Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). The nine-month, statewide road charge field trial ran from July 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017.
Throughout the pilot, participants’ overall understanding and acceptance of road charge fairness increased, with 73% of participants agreeing that a road charge is fairer than a gas tax. Additional results showed that:
Caltrans is continuing to research public opinion about transportation funding and outreach; secure recording, reporting, and payment methods; and cost implications to both California drivers and the state to administer.
Caltrans is researching transportation funding that is both equitable and sustainable.