MBUFA Press Statement for June 17 House Ways and Means Committee Highway Trust Fund Hearing

Contact:  Barbara Rohde                                                                    June 17, 2015

(202) 312- 7437                                                                                  For Immediate Release

Statement

House Committee on Ways and Means Hearing on Long-Term Financing of the Highway Trust Fund

The Mileage-Based User Fee Alliance (MBUFA) is a national non-profit organization that brings together government, business, academic, and transportation policy leaders to conduct education and outreach on the potential for mileage-based user fees as an alternative for future funding and improved performance of the U.S. transportation system. 

The organization is chaired by national transportation finance expert, Jack Basso, formerly the Chief Operating Officer and Business Development Director for the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and chief financial officer of the U.S. Department of Transportation who made the following comment:

“It’s no secret that the greatest obstacle to restoring our nation’s infrastructure is identifying and agreeing to a reliable, long-term, sustainable financing mechanism for the Highway Trust Fund.  But it is also no secret that those solutions already exist. While the problem has been studied by congressional commissions and policy experts, all have shown that changes in driving habits and the projected continued increase in alternative fuel vehicles will make the gas tax obsolete as the primary financing source for transportation infrastructure.  Mileage-based user fees are the best long term financing option.” 

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