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cal and business relationships needed to pass RUC-enabling legislation and start a successful RUC program. It would be a poor fit for a single road, toll facility such as a bridge or tunnel, or as a sub-regional charge within a state. Tolling, on the other hand, is an excellent means for financing a specific road or facility, but it is ill-suited to providing revenues for the roadway infrastructure of an entire state – exactly what RUC is designed to do. Any assumptions about RUC based solely on the fact


that a RUC system is similar to a tolling system should be challenged. RUC will likely occur on a much larger scale than tolling,


potentially involving much larger sums of money, and thus necessitating outreach to citizens and legislators across a state or multi-state region. These citizens and legislators should appreciate that RUC per mile rates will be much lower than tolling rates and that RUC will have overhead costs of opera- tions that are significantly lower than tolling. When these facts and others are used to pass RUC-


enabling legislation, RUC has great potential to make transportation infrastructure revenues resilient to increasing fuel economies and the changing dynamics of the future vehicle fleet, allowing for renewed investment in roadway infrastructure.


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 Jack Opiola is Managing Partner/President of D’Artagnan Consulting LLP; Steve Morello is Senior Partner/Senior Vice President; Travis Dunn is Partner/Vice President;Matthew Dorfman is Partner/Vice President


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 D’Artagnan Consulting LLP is a partnership of professionals specializing in transportation policy, planning, ITS and road user charging. Each of the four D’Artagnan partners and associate partners have gained expertise supporting projects that pioneered the modern era of ITS and RUC including mileage- based fees, open road cashless tolling operations, interoperability of electronic tolling, and value added services to electronic tolling such as controlled access and parking. The partners’ experience includes policy analysis and advice, market reviews (including analysis and modeling), technology analysis, expert opinions, economic theory of road charging, marginal social cost analysis for RUC projects, and program implementation consultancy support.


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