For almost a century, Oregon state leaders worked to preserve and improve public roads throughout the state by implementing the user-pays principle—namely, the fuels tax. In recent years, diminishing returns led Oregon legislators back to the drawing board to find a sustainable alternative.
Oregon has been exploring a new funding system—a road usage charge—to provide more equitable funding for our public roadways. After two pilot projects in 2007 and 2012, the state legislature voted Senate Bill 810 into law on July 9, 2013. Oregon will conduct a 5,000 vehicle volunteer program implementing a per-mile charge as an alternative to the gas tax.
On January 31st, the Oregon Department of Transportation will unveil a brand new website introducing OReGO, our new road usage charge volunteer program. The website will serve as a comprehensive resource for Oregonians looking to learn more about the program and what it means for the future of our state’s transportation system. The OReGO website will include:
- A detailed history of road usage charging in Oregon
- Information on the scope of Senate Bill 810 including a full overview of the new program launching on July 1, 2015
- Details on what it means to become an OReGO participant, including qualifications and account management options
- Profiles from volunteer participants that participated in the 2012 pilot program
- FAQs, media stories, and much, much more!