MBUFA Fourth Annual National Conference

The Mileage Based User Fee Alliance held their Fourth Annual Conference on March 16. The conference featured lively discussion on a range of topics including current state road charging pilots and the convergence of automotive technology with transportation funding. The full agenda and photos from the conference are below.


The International Impact of Road Charging

How Will the U.S. Pilots Impact the World Stage?

Welcome from MBUFA and New Zealand

  • Barbara Rohde, Executive Director, MBUFA
  • Peter J. “Jack” Basso, Chair, MBUFA
  • E. The Honourable Tim Groser, New Zealand Ambassador to the United States

New Zealand Perspective Panel

New Zealand Perspective: Lessons Learned from 40 Years of Road Pricing

  • Richard White, Programme Director, New Zealand G2G, Moderator
  • Jack Opiola, President, D’Artagnan
  • Peter Carr, Manager Funding & Infrastructure, Ministry of Transport, New Zealand
  • Steven Newman, Chief Executive, EROAD
  • Craig Marris, President, Coretex

Making the Grade Around the World:  MBUF Telematics Bridge toward Insurance, Road Emissions and Intelligent Mobility for Various Trials   

  • Adrian Moore, Vice President, Reason Foundation, Moderator
  • Nate Bryer, Vice President of Innovation, Azuga
  • Kevin Condon, CEO, Verdeva
  • Ben Miners, Vice President of Innovation, Intelligent Mechatronic Systems
  • Mahrokh Arefi, CEO, emovis

FAST Act State Pilot Panel

The United States Starts the MBUF Engine:  Hear How the Various Roads Are Being Taken By Fast Act Winners and What May Be in the Future  

  • Susan Binder, Senior Associate, Cambridge Systematics, Moderator
  • Angela Jacobs, Transportation Specialist, U.S. DOT
  • Patricia Hendren, Executive Director, I-95 Corridor Coalition
  • Reema Griffith, Executive Director, Washington Transportation Commission
  • Anthony Buckley, Director, Innovative Partnerships; Washington DOT; Representing RUC West
  • Gerald Dang, Administrative Services Officer, Hawaii DOT
  • Maureen Bock, OReGO Program Manager, Oregon DOT
  • Frank Douma, Director of the State and Local Policy Program, Humphrey School, University of Minnesota

MBUFA Chairman Jack Basso and MBUFA Visionary Award winner Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)

Lunch Presentation: MBUFA Awards

  • Jack Basso, Chair of MBUFA, Presenter
  • Visionary Award: The Honorable Earl Blumenauer, U.S. House of Representatives (D-OR)
  • Staff Advocate Award: Alex Herrgott, Former Deputy Staff Director of Senate Environment and Public Works Committee

Coming in to the Finish Line:  California Road Charge Pilot Enters Final Stage

  • Norma Ortega, Chief Financial Officer, Caltrans, Moderator
  • Kome Ajise, Chief Deputy Director, Caltrans
  • Jim Madaffer, Commissioner, California Transportation Commission
  • Susan Martinovich, Highway/Bridge Market Segment Director, CH2M

Congressman Sam Graves (R-MO), delivering Keynote Address

Keynote Address

  • The Honorable Sam Graves (R-MO), Chairman, Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, U.S. House of Representatives

The New Landscape:  Key Experts Discuss How the New Administration Might Advance the Issue

  • Lee Munnich, Senior Fellow, Humphrey School, University of Minnesota Moderator
  • Shirley Ybarra, President, The Ybarra Group
  • Andrew Wheeler, Principal, Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting
  • Sean O’Neill, ‎Senior Director of Congressional Relations, Associated General Contractors of America

MBUF Mythbusters Panel

MBUF Mythbusters 2017:  The “Whys and Hows…..”

  • Pat Jones, Executive Director, IBTTA, Moderator
  • Ed Regan, Senior Vice President, CDM Smith
  • Lou Neudorff, ‎Principal Technologist, CH2M
  • William Chernicoff, Manager of Energy & Environmental Research, Toyota
  • Larry Yermarck, Strategic Advisor, Cubic Transportation Systems
  • Ed Kussy, Partner, Nossaman

Closing Remarks

  • H.E. The Honourable Tim Groser, New Zealand Ambassador to the United States
  • Peter J. “Jack” Basso, Chair, MBUFA


MBUFA Conference Reception




Mid-Atlantic Transportation Funding Workshop

Last week, we held our fourth workshop in Wilmington, DE with the support of the University of Delaware, Delaware Department of Transportation and the I-95 Cooridor Coalition.

Sen. Tom Carper, Chair, Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the Environment and Public Works Committee in the U.S. Senate, delivered a keynote address. Chairman Carper offered his views on the needs to develop sustainable alternatives for infrastructure funding to ensure robust ongoing federal investment in our nation’s transportation system.

The state workshops offer the opportunity to explore specific state issues and identify solutions with those who are responsible for developing effective financing alternatives to meet the future infrastructure needs of the country.

Following are links to the PowerPoint Presentations from the Mid-Atlantic Workshop.

Gary Euler: MBUF Research for the I-95 Corridor Coalition: I-95 Coalition Con Ops – Wilmington – 12-14 Euler

Jack Basso:  The Funding Cliff:  MBUFACA_workshopDE_DEC14

California Sustainable Transportation Workshop

Last week, we held our third workshop in Glendale, CA at the invitation of the California Department of Transportation (CalTrans) and Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG). It was an opportunity for stakeholders to learn more about mileage-based charges, the federal and state transportation funding fiscal decline and the recently passed CA legislation SB 1077.

CA bill SB 1077 requires the Chair of the California Transportation Commission to create a Road Usage Charge (RUC) Technical Advisory Committee in consultation with the Secretary of the Transportation Agency. The bill requires the technical advisory committee to study RUC alternatives to the gas tax and to make recommendations to the Secretary of the Transportation Agency on the design of a pilot program. The bill  requires the Transportation Agency, based on the recommendations of the technical advisory committee, to implement a pilot program to identify and evaluate issues related to the potential implementation of an RUC program in California by January 1, 2017.

The state workshops offer the opportunity to explore specific state issues and identify solutions with those who are responsible for developing effective financing alternatives to meet the future infrastructure needs of the country. Looking forward to 2014, we’ve been asked to do more workshops in states around the country and will be holding a workshop in Wilimington, Delaware on December 5, 2015 with federal and state leaders participating.

Following are links to the PowerPoint Presentations from the CA Workshop.





MBUFA, CalTRANS and SCAG Join Together for a MBUF Workshop

Click Here to View the California Workshop Agenda

MBUFA is pleased to announce that we are partnering with CalTrans and SCAG to present a one day Workshop.

The Workshop will explore Mileage-based User Fees as an option for replacing California’s gas tax.

The workshop will take place October 7 in Glendale, California.

Please Register For Free At:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/california-sustainable-transportation-funding-workshop-tickets-13007131681


Member Computer Aid, Inc. Returns As Premier Sponsor for Mileage Based User Fee Alliance Conference And Workshop Series

Peter J. (Jack) Basso, Chairman of the Board, announced today Computer Aid, Inc. is returning as a premier sponsor to the Mileage Based User Fee Alliance Conference and Workshop Series.  In making the announcement, Basso said, “Computer Aid, Inc is a leading consultant for revenue collection systems used in the mileage based use fee endeavor and is a wonderful partner to MBUFA in advancing our conference and workshop series.  We are particularly pleased they have returned as a premier sponsor for the second year.”

MBUFA presents a number of workshops throughout the country to educate and inform thought leaders on using mileage based user fees as a viable financial basis for funding transportation infrastructure.  The next workshop is scheduled for October 7th in Los Angeles, California and is co-sponsored with the California Department of Transportation.

Memorial Day Spike in Revenue?

Memorial Day marks the start of summer and an increase in driving. With that comes the inevitable spike in gasoline prices. It is easy to assume that these higher gas prices would generate significant extra revenue to the Highway Trust Fund and extend the drop dead date for when the Trust Fund runs out of money.

It won’t.

The current gasoline tax is fixed at 18.4 cents per gallon and not indexed to the price. That means that it doesn’t rise or fall based on the price of gas at the pump. Consumers pay the same amount of tax whether the base price is high or low. Additionally, an increase in the percentage of fuel efficient cars that comprise the total number of cars on the road, coupled with the non-indexed gas tax, means that there will not be a Trust Fund windfall. The looming transportation financing crisis will not take a summer vacation.

States are grappling with the problem of diminishing transportation funding from the federal government balanced against a crumbling infrastructure. This precarious position has forced many states to explore innovative solutions. This is what states do best—incubate new policies. Need an example? The gas tax currently in place today was born in the states and wasn’t adopted by the federal government until it was working and accepted in the majority of states.

In the new transportation bill, Congress needs to support testing and exploration of different financing options to identify what works, what doesn’t, and provide policy options for the future.

5 Reasons You Will LOVE the MBUFA National Conference – March 12, 2014

1. New Speakers Confirmed
• Sen. Bruce Starr, helped lead the effort to pass Road User Charge legislation in Oregon and President, National Conference of State Legislatures
• Sen. John J. Cullerton, President, Illinois State Senate
• Beth Kigel, Florida Transportation Commission
2. Hear from key Congressmen on re-invigorating funding infrastructure.

3. Learn from state representatives what they expect as states take action.

4. Hear what car manufacturers are thinking as they look to the future.

5. Who you gonna call to answer those myths about MBUF? A full session to address the myths. (It will be rapid fire — so don’t leave early)


Pew Conference Center
901 E Street, NW
Washington, DC

Registration Fee: $165

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER: https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1457100