University of Iowa News Release
Jan. 22, 2004
Forkenbrock Wins Academy Of Sciences Award
David Forkenbrock, director of the University of Iowa Public Policy Center, has been awarded the first-ever William S. Vickrey Award for the Best Paper in Transportation Economics and Finance by the National Academy of Sciences, Transportation Research Board.
Forkenbrock's paper "A Mileage-Based Road User Charge Concept" presents a design for a replacement to the motor fuel tax based on the actual number of miles driven. Currently, the motor fuel tax generates $60 billion annually and is the cornerstone of transportation finance. As electric hybrid and fuel cell vehicles appear, the motor fuel tax will become unable to finance the nation's transportation systems, Forkenbrock says.
"We use a GPS receiver on board the vehicle to locate the vehicle. An on-board computer computes the user charges due to each state and stores only the dollar figure owed. There is no tracking of vehicles' routes because we want to preserve road users' privacy," Forkenbrock explained. "The new approach protects the privacy of the traveler and ensures that the state in which travel occurs receives the revenue generated."
The research has been funded by a special pooled funding arrangement led
by the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The participating agencies
included 15 state departments of transportation and the Federal Highway Administration.
The research was carried out at the University of Iowa's Public Policy Center.
For more information on Forkenbrock's paper, see http://ppc.uiowa.edu/newapproach.htm.
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