Research

We’ve collected a number of links to research reports that you might find useful in deciding whether to volunteer for OReGO, or if you are just interested in following this first in the nation road usage charge program.

 

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The 2016 Pavement Conditions Report will lay out the current and projected conditions of the state highway system, while the Rough Roads Ahead 2 report (linked below) will describe how deteriorating highways will impact Oregon’s economy. Highlights include:
• By 2036 nearly half of our state highway pavement will be in poor condition, and 370 bridges are expected to be weight-limited to heavy trucks, forcing lengthy detours that will cost businesses time and money.
• As a result, by 2036 Oregon is projected to have at least 75,000 fewer jobs than if we keep bridges from deteriorating, and the state will have given up $150 billion in gross domestic product.
• At the end of 20 years of operating at currently forecast funding levels, the state would need to spend an estimated $4 – 5.5 billion to return degraded pavement to today’s conditions — much higher than the $2.6 billion in additional funding needed in the near term to preserve them in good condition.
• As the state’s pavement deteriorates, vehicle repair and operating costs will increase. Rough pavement increases vehicle user costs: fuel efficiency drops, while tire wear, oil use and repair costs rise. With rougher pavement in the future, Oregonians will have to spend an additional $300 million on vehicle repairs and maintenance per year.

 

 

This report briefly overviews the technologies supporting the vehicle telematics industry and discusses how vehicle telematics are currently being used to levy RUCs and how they may be used in the future, particularly in support of future transportation funding options. It examines the challenges associated with road user charging implementation and shows how different telematics technologies might be used to address those challenges.

 

An analysis of the distributional implications of taxing vehicle miles traveled with projections 2010–2030

 

Through the MTE, EPA will decide whether the standards for model years 2022-2025, established in 2012, are still appropriate given the latest available data and information. EPA’s decision could go one of three ways: the standards remain appropriate, the standards should be less stringent, or the standards should be more stringent.

 

Governor Kate Brown’s Transportation Vision Panel wrote this final document as a roadmap for future transportation planning in Oregon.

 

This document reviews the estimated economic impact of various Road User Charge (RUC) alternatives.

 

This study investigates a cross-section of road pricing and tolling schemes from around the world, focusing on the communication strategies which led to their success or failure.

 

The state of Oregon completes this study every two years. It is the main instrument used during legislative sessions to determine certain fee structures including the current road usage charge rates.

 

The state of Oregon completes this survey every two years to assess perceptions about the transportation system, determine how the system is used, and identify transportation-related concerns.

 

This report reviews the cost impact of poor highway conditions on Oregon’s economy and individuals’ vehicle operating costs.

 

This focus of this study was to quantify use of studded tires and the wear and cost caused by their use on Oregon’s state roadways.

 

This report reviews the small road usage charge pilot program of 88 volunteers that Oregon conducted between November 2012 and March 2013.

 

This report reviews the road usage charge pilot program of 285 vehicles and two service stations. It lasted a year, beginning in April 2006.