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LUCY DUNN INVITES YOU TO JOIN HER IN IMPROVING CA TRANSPORTATION FUNDING

Dear Friends,
I’ve signed up for the California Road Charge Pilot Program and hope you will join me. The pilot explores one option to the gas tax, a 20th Century solution that no longer covers the costs of California’s evolving transportation system. In this pilot project, drivers will keep track of their miles (or let a computer do it) to see whether a mileage-based system could replace the old gas tax. The program needs 5,000 volunteers representing the geographic, demographic and socioeconomic diversity of our state. I hope you’ll sign up and share this email with your network. I’m attaching a fact sheet that you can pass along, too. 
As we use less fossil fuels to cover more ground, the gas tax can’t keep up and California’s transportation system is now experiencing a funding shortfall which totals $5.7 billion a year.
That is why Senate Bill 1077 created the California Road Charge Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), and why that committee has spent the last year holding public meetings around the state and gathering input from a broad range of stakeholder groups.
The result is the TAC’s Recommendations Report for the pilot. Those recommendations describe a pilot that will:
* Offer drivers a choice in mileage recording methods
* Protect drivers’ privacy and personal information
* Determine the impacts of a road charge on various income levels
* Determine the impacts of a road charge on urban and rural drivers
* Seek participation from at least 5,000 vehicles that represent the geographic, demographic and socioeconomic diversity of our state, and
* Not cost participants anything
I hope you will take a moment to review the TAC’s final recommendations and share this email with your network. Together, we can help take steps to solve our transportation funding crisis. For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Director.

Posted on January 26, 2016

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