Established by last year’s SB 1077 (DeSaulnier, Chapter 835)
, the committee is tasked with studying the feasibility of a road usage charge as an alternative to a gas tax.
The committee will hold monthly meetings over the next year to study and develop recommendations for a road usage charge. The recommendations will be submitted to the California State Transportation Agency, which is charged with developing a demonstration project based on the recommendations.
The committee comprises 15 members that represent a variety of interests including the legislature, privacy concerns, local government, highway user groups, data security, telecommunications, academia, and business.
At the first meeting, committee members were briefed on the state of transportation funding in California as well as pilot programs and implementation processes in Washington and Oregon. The next meeting of the committee is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 26.