By: OC Supervisor Lisa Bartlett
In 2014, the Legislature passed Senate Bill 1077 which directed the California Transportation Commission (CTC) to establish a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) to develop a pilot program to study the feasibility of a road charge as a replacement for the gas tax to pay for road maintenance and repairs. The gas tax is an ineffective mechanism for meeting California’s long-term transportation needs because as gas consumption decreases so does the amount of money available to maintain existing roadway infrastructure.
This year I was appointed to the 15-member Road Charge TAC which is tasked with outlining the parameters of the pilot program. This program will ultimately be approved by the Legislature and implemented by the California State Transportation Agency.
5,000 volunteers are needed statewide to vet the program and provide feedback. The live pilot program will be launched no later than January 1, 2017.
If you are a Californian interested in making history, please complete the volunteer application here. I also invite you to sign up on the Interest List to automatically receive updates and the most current information about the road charge pilot program.