Diminishing fuel tax returns led Oregon decision-makers back to the drawing board to create a fair, reliable source of revenue to fund transportation projects for all Oregonians. The result is OReGO. Here are the details:
The Oregon Legislature convened the Road User Fee Task Force, an independent body of state legislators, transportation commissioners, local government officials and citizens, to develop new ways to fund Oregon's roads and bridges.
This Task Force examined the challenges and benefits of a mileage-based road user charge system and conducted two pilot projects to gather driver feedback on different options. The resulting program is OReGO, an ODOT program that creates a new way to fund road maintenance, preservation and improvements for all Oregonians.
Oregon Legislature enacts the nation's first fuel tax, the first law that requiring road users to pay the cost of road construction, operation and maintenance.
Oregon's first Cost Responsibility Study determines how much cars, small trucks and heavy trucks should pay to use roads. Eighteen studies are completed through 2013—more than any other state.
Oregon Legislature forms the Road User Fee Task Force to explore new ways of funding maintenance needs and improvements to the state's transportation system.
Oregon welcomes 88 volunteers for the Road Usage Charge Pilot Program.
Oregon passes Senate Bill 810 establishing the nation's first mileage-based (or road usage) revenue program for light vehicles.
OReGO launches on July 1, 2015
The Oregon Department of Transportation was founded in 1913 when the Oregon Legislature created the Oregon Highway Commission to "get Oregon out of the mud." Today, ODOT works to provide a safe, efficient transportation system that supports economic opportunity and livable communities for Oregonians. We develop programs related to Oregon's system of highways, roads, and bridges; railways; public transportation services; transportation safety programs; driver and vehicle licensing; and motor carrier regulation.