Road Usage Charging

WSP supports the policy, planning and implementation of road usage charging (RUC) applications nationwide.

Minnesota Distance-Based Fee Demonstration

The Minnesota Department of Transportation selected WSP to explore road usage charge-based funding alternatives to replace declining motor fuel tax revenues.

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California Road Charge Demonstration

WSP was selected by the California Department of Transportation to lead a four-phase demonstration to see how existing transportation service business models can be used to provide an easy user experience for road charge programs.

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RUC West Ten-Year Strategic Plan

WSP led development of a 10-year strategic plan for implementation of Road Usage Charges (RUC) for RUC America, a 20-state coalition exploring how to further RUC throughout the country.

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Drivers are at the forefront of any RUC initiative. Under RUC, the burden of funding road maintenance and operations is shared amongst all drivers, regardless of the type of vehicle they drive. Through RUC, drivers can experience better roadways, safer corridors and enhanced mobility options.



By creating a more equitable and harmonized funding stream, agencies can offer better roadways, safer corridors, and improved transportation conditions for their customers, the drivers. WSP helps state, regional and local entities with their RUC needs from strategic consulting, revenue forecasting, program management, organizational development, communications, and support implementing RUC programs.



RUC has a lot of moving parts from data hosting to revenue collection to data capture. Our business partners in RUC can benefit from exploring and engaging in new business models, innovative solutions, and opportunities to enhance their existing business capabilities in a new and exciting, user-focused funding model.



WSP collaborates with its clients to develop RUC programs that can work within any political context. With a deliberative, coordinated and interaction-driven process, WSP’s approach delivers an operational mindset to policy, systems engineering and deployment issues, all of which can be addressed in a strategic direction and action plan.



WSP’s approach recognizes that building political support and passing necessary legislation that addresses key policy issues will mitigate public concerns as agencies pursue RUC. Our programs have evaluated and resolved issues pertaining to privacy, fairness, governance, security, equity and interoperability.



Our policy analysis concludes with recommended pilots to demonstrate the effectiveness of the policy actions in live, operational conditions. WSP has led some of the largest and most successful RUC pilots in the country, including those in California, Colorado, Minnesota, Oregon, and the RUC America coalition. These efforts have led to wider consideration by states and enhanced interest in RUC as a viable future transportation funding source.



Programs are fully operational instances of road usage charging with actual revenue being collected and applied to transportation funding. Drivers of approved vehicles can choose to pay their fees (road usage charges) by the mile instead of by the gallon. The revenue collected goes toward paying for road and bridge maintenance, operations and mobility improvement.

What Is Road Usage Charging?

Nate Bryer, WSP USA senior director of road usage charging mobility operations, outlines why U.S. states are looking to replace fuel taxes with mileage-based user fees.

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Nate Bryer to Lead New WSP USA Road Usage Charging Operations Business

WSP is expanding services and adding personnel to help public transportation agencies replace traditional fuel taxation programs with more equitable and sustainable per-mile charges for motorists.

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Road Usage Charging: WSP USA Drives Equitable Solution for Growing Revenue Gap Problem

Transportation agencies across the U.S. are considering mileage-based user fees to replace fuel taxes for road maintenance, and WSP is helping them reach this goal.

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Transportation Troubleshooting: Five Steps to Build a Case for Road-Usage Charging

In her column "Transforming Transportation" for Informed Infrastructure, Paula Hammond discusses five principles for building a case for RUC.

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What Is the Federal Government Doing to Support Road Usage Charging?

The U.S. Bipartisan Infrastructure Law calls for the launch of a national road usage charge pilot program that could set the stage for the eventual phase out of fuel taxes.

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Electric Vehicles and the End of the Gas Tax

David Kim joins SAE International's podcast, SAE Tomorrow Today, to discuss RUC and how more states are considering RUC funding as an option given the rise in EV ownership and impacts of inflation.

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Creating New Funding Models

David Kim joins an episode of Transit Unplugged to speak with Paul Comfort about alternatives to the gas tax and implications for transportation agencies in the transition to EVs.

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What Challenges Will Road Usage Charging Pose for Transportation Agencies?

WSP mobility operations expert Pat McGowan explains how agencies can implement road usage charging operations to promote accuracy and fairness in taxation.

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Seven Essential Best Practices for the Changing Federal Infrastructure Funding Opportunities

In her "Transportation Troubleshooting" column for Informed Infrastructure, WSP's Paula Hammond discusses seven essential best practices for the changing federal infrastructure funding opportunities.

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An Alternate Perspective on Road Usage Charging

WSP’s Jeff Heilstedt looks at other ways highway repair funds could be raised in an EV world and suggests that viable solutions might already be in place.

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How States Are Approaching Electric Vehicles and Highway Maintenance Funding

In her latest "Transportation Troubleshooting" column for Informed Infrastructure, WSP's Paula Hammond discusses how states are approaching electric vehicles and highway maintenance funding.

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How Will Road Usage Charging Affect Electric or Fuel-Efficient Vehicle Drivers?

WSP’s Paula Hammond explains how road usage charging can address the inequities of traditional gas taxes across different types of vehicles.

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Road Usage Charging Team

Nate Bryer
Senior Director, Road Usage Charging Mobility Operations
United States
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David Kim
National Transportation Policy and Multimodal Strategy Principal
United States
Paula Hammond
Multimodal National Market Leader
United States
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Mike Winterbottom
Senior Director, Road Usage Charging Operations and Analytics
United States
Trey Baker
Vice President, Research and Policy
United States