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The National Academies

NCHRP 19-23 [Anticipated]

New Mobility and the User Fee Concept

  Project Data
Source: AASHTO Committee on Funding and Finance
Funds: $450,000
Staff Responsibility: Dianne Schwager
Fiscal Year: 2023

This project has been tentatively selected and a project statement (request for proposals) is expected to be available on this website. The problem statement below will be the starting point for a panel of experts to develop the project statement.

New mobility services offer the potential for innovative revenue collection methods. Whether through dedicated fees or an increased reliance on sales taxes, e-commerce, and other automated delivery services, transportation network companies, car sharing, and other new mobility and micromobility options offer the potential for alternative transportation user fees. State departments of transportation (DOTs) will need to explore increased contributions from these sectors because of the additional strain they put on the transportation system through congestion, travel time delays, and vehicle size and weight.

As state DOTs strive to address additional strains on the surface transportation network and look more holistically at transportation usage fees, this research will support an understanding of how new models for user fees can address long-term investment needs. This research will benefit state DOTs examining new approaches to recover the costs of serving new mobility from user fees or similar revenue structures.

The objective of this research is to examine the manner in which revenue can be collected from the new mobility sector and support the user fee model.

Research tasks and activities could include (1) develop a roadmap for state DOTs on how to implement fees on new mobility and the new economy; (2) conduct a detailed examination of the potential for mobility user fees beyond what is currently in place; and (3) forecasting new mobility and micromobility use and potential revenue collections.

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