Is A Mileage-Based User Fee A Likely Replacement For The State’s Gasoline Tax?

Nobody likes the state’s 59-cent-a-gallon gasoline tax, one of the highest in the nation, and with more electric and fuel-efficient cars, the gas tax is not bringing in the revenue to repair our roads.

That’s why we get proposals to toll bridges, and nobody likes that either. Is there an alternative?

“It’s actually pretty simple to think about which is instead of paying by the gallon, you pay by the mile you drive,” says Carnegie Mellon University professor Scott Matthews.

It’s called a mileage-based user fee — get rid of the gasoline tax altogether and replace it with a fee based on how many miles you drive. The more you drive, the more you pay.

A Carnegie Mellon University study of this fee found on average that most Pennsylvanians drive around 10,000 miles each year and pay $200 in gas taxes.