Is OReGO the ultimate answer to transportation funding?

Is OReGO the ultimate answer to transportation funding?

May 13, 2015 | OReGO Team

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OrEgO is short-sighted nonsense and doesn’t even solve the problem it strives to solve. “By 2030, electric vehicles could contribute between $113 million and $182 million annually to the economy, and $12 million in increased tax revenue, assuming 15% of new car buyers choose electric.” http://driveoregon.org/new-report-documents-economic…/

Answer:

The report in the link, “The Returns to Vehicle Electrification,” examines the economic impacts of people buying more electric vehicles in Oregon.

The report acknowledges that any gain in tax revenue from the sale of EVs would be canceled out by lost fuel tax revenue. And, “[t]hough these monies go into different funds, we feel it is important to couple future policies reducing petroleum consumption with a new mechanism for funding the State Highway Fund.”

OReGO is possibly that new mechanism. We don’t know yet if it is the final answer, but after 14 years of study and pilot testing in Oregon it is showing up to be the top performer.

If you join our interest list, you get to ask the tough questions. Because the decision to make OReGO a mandatory program to address our looming funding problem is up to you – Oregon voters and their representatives.

We invite you to give it a go. Since this is a voluntary program, you can sign up for any period of time you want—a month, six months, as long as you choose. And you may find all kinds of reasons to participate, including incentives and services our account managers will offer that make your driving life more safe and valuable. By signing up on the interest list you can learn more before you decide. And however you choose to participate in OReGO, as tester or observer, you will be helping build a new way to keeping our roads safe and open long into the future.

One thought on “Is OReGO the ultimate answer to transportation funding?

  1. First, the report is shallow at best (tuned for general consumption). And while the move to electric vehicles poses a funding issue for our transportation infrastructure, it does not address the fundamental factors that cause significant damage to our roadways. Let’s clearly identify the factors that lead to the degradation of our roads an address those issues.

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