H. Scott Matthews and Prithvi S. Acharya: Nothing is certain, except for the death of fuel taxes

Gov. Tom Wolf recently announced a commission to study the phaseout of Pennsylvania’s gasoline tax. Achieving Mr. Wolf’s vision is possible, and quickly, but will require tough compromises in the Pennsylvania Legislature and a commitment to an entirely new way of getting transportation revenue. The result will be a sustainable funding strategy, based on vehicle miles driven, rather than on the outdated metric of gallons consumed, which embraces technology in modern cars…

The U.S. Department of Transportation is expected to shortly call for a national MBUF pilot, and, with a newly announced commission to assess the future of transportation funding, Pennsylvania has once again shown its commitment to working toward a solution. We propose a three-step approach to improved roadway funding in the medium- to long-term.