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A By-the-Mile Tax on Driving Gains Steam as a Way to Fund U.S. Roads

  • Biden team appears open to vehicle-miles-traveled programs
  • Mileage fee would include EVs, be more equitable than gas tax

President Joe Biden’s drive to increase electric car use may unintentionally thwart his other urgent priority to restore the nation’s roads, bridges and transit systems by undercutting federal gasoline tax receipts.

That’s got U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg taking a serious look at an idea that’s drawn fierce opposition from privacy advocates and others: funding highway projects with a fee based on how many miles someone travels instead of how much gasoline they pump.