The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) has opened a new survey to explore future transport funding sources.
As the revenue from the gas tax continues to decline, the authority has launched a new survey to guide its decision-making on the future funding of highway and bridge projects.
According to current estimates, KDOT could be as much as 60% reliant on sales taxes by 2045, a situation which it admits is “not likely to be sustainable”.
The first step of the survey will study a potential Midwest Road Usage Charge (RUC) and explore how it could fund investment while reflecting “unique Midwestern values and needs”.
“Completing this local study will help KDOT better understand the potential real-world implications of a road usage charge model,” said Secretary of Transportation Julie Lorenz. “It’s important we bring a Midwest perspective to this national conversation.”
Similar to a toll or congestion system, an RUC system could become a viable route to sustainably funding future P3 projects in the state. P3 Bulletin recently discussed the future of the gas tax and what could replace it in the years to come, to read more click here.
The first of three phases, the new study will be open to the public until November 24, 2021.