June 19, 2015 | Tom Fuller
What’s the scoop on OReGO? As a member of the project’s leadership team I’ve been following our progress closely. As July 1st looms, you might be thinking: will this thing actually happen and when can I sign up? The good news is all systems are “go” for launch.
We at ODOT have been conducting an operational trial. Basically, 10 ODOT staff members have each “signed up” with one of our three account managers: Azuga, Sanef, and Verizon Telematics. We’ve installed the device in our cars, and driven around the state (and into Washington state as well), then we’ve checked our mileage to make sure it was accounted for accurately and also checked our invoices.
The good thing about an operational trial is that it helps us iron out last minute bugs. The list of issues has grown steadily smaller and thus on July 1st our operational team is confident we’ll be able to start accepting OReGO pioneers into the program.
We’re calling it a test drive. Why? This is a brand new concept; no one has done it before so we had to create a billing platform and form partnerships with private account managers. We need your help in perfecting this new system. So sign up and tell us how we’re doing and what we can do better.
We also want to know what you think about this idea of paying by the mile instead of by the gallon. Over the past decade or so, a task force considered 24 different options to help replenish road maintenance funds that keep our transportation system safe and efficient. Some of the ideas included: a battery tax, an emissions fee, registration fees, a tire tax, and even a vehicle ownership tax. In the end, the task force agreed that the pay-per-mile model is the best way to ensure all of us are putting in our fair share. But what do you think? We’ll be collecting lots of opinions as the program goes on.
So get ready to enroll – on July 1 the links to our account managers will go “live” from www.myOReGO.org.
Oh, and check out our latest video animation about OReGO: https://youtu.be/yeINSddK3YY
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