Monday, February 6, 2012

Humphrey School Supports MnDOT Task Forces on Mileage-Based User Fees and Public-Private Partnerships

PPP Report Dec 2011.jpgThe Humphrey School's State and Local Policy Program facilitated the process and provided technical support for two Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) task forces in 2011. The two reports are now available on-line:

Report of Minnesota's Mileage-Based User Fee Policy Task Force

The Mileage-Based User Fee (MBUF) Policy Task Force appointed by MnDOT Commissioner Tom Sorel, was formed to identify and evaluate issues related to potential future implementation of an MBUF system in Minnesota. Under a potential MBUF system, drivers would be charged based on the number of miles they drive, regardless of the type of energy source used to propel the vehicle, and instead of being charged by the gallon for fuel consumed in operating a vehicle. Over a period of six months, the Task Force discussed and evaluated the overall MBUF concept and related issues, determined benefits and concerns, considered potential system design options and preferences and formulated policy objectives, findings and recommendations. The Task Force was comprised of 25 Minnesotans representing a broad range of experience in the transportation industry, from both a public and private sector standpoint, the economic development community and a privacy expert.

Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) in Transportation: Policy Task Force Recommendations

The Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) in Transportation Policy Task Force was convened by MnDOT in April 2011 to identify and examine the potential for expanding the use of PPPs in Minnesota, and to recommend strategies for implementation. The Task Force concluded that many factors are affecting Minnesota's ability to build and maintain its transportation infrastructure, and these limitations are negatively impacting mobility and economic growth. If appropriately implemented, PPPs can effectively leverage traditional resources used for transportation infrastructure and significantly contribute to the timely and cost effective delivery of projects. However, PPP tools should only be used to supplement, and not replace, traditional funding sources. The PPP Policy Task Force consisted of two dozen members that included state legislators, local-elected officials, transportation, business, labor, environmental and community leaders.

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