Pennsylvania DOT Pathways

Closing the Gap

You manage the transportation funding of a fictional District 25. District 25 has a major urban center and its funding gap is currently $675 million. The gap is increasing each year and projected to grow to $1.05 billion within 10 years. Below are the potential funding solutions you can implement to start to close the funding gap. Select any combination of the solutions below and watch the funding gap shrink. While each solution’s anticipated revenue amounts are all fictional, they are proportional to each option’s estimated potential revenue.

Use the controls below find a combination that would close the gap. Click the ? to learn more about the individual funding options.

Road User Charges

Mileage-Based User Fee (MBUF)

Mileage-Based User Fee (MBUF)

Adding a mileage based user fee (MBUF) in District 25 ties to drivers' odometer readings to calculate a charge based on the number of miles they've driven in a set timeframe.

The implementation of an MBUF would take 10 years. For this game, you have the option to choose four different rates. As far as revenue generated for District 25, the lowest rate would lead to $100 million, the next rate to $317 million, the next to $508 million, and the highest rate to $700 million.

Mileage Based User Fees (MBUFs)

General Taxes

General Taxes

Sales Tax Increase

Increasing the sales tax by .25% would take three years to implement in District 25. This increase would generate $33 million in revenue for District 25.

Sales Tax Increase

Tolling

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Tolling

Mileage-Based User Fee (MBUF)

Adding a corridor toll to an interstate or expressway in District 25 charges drivers based on the distance they travel on that road. An example of this is the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The implementation of a corridor toll would take six years. For this game, you have the option to choose a low, medium, or high rate. As far as revenue generated for District 25, the low rate would lead to $150 million, the medium rate to $196 million, and the highest rate to $242 million.

Congestion Pricing

Introducing congestion pricing to the largest city in this district would mean adding a toll to all users driving in a specific zone of the city. Congestion Pricing would take six years to implement. For this game, you have the option to choose a low, medium, or high rate. As far as revenue generated for District 25, the low rate would lead to $44 million, the medium rate to $59 million, and the highest rate to $75 million.

Managed Lanes

Introducing managed lanes to a congested expressway in the district would mean adding an express lane that drivers can pay a toll to use or, if carpooling, can drive in for free. Managed lanes would take three years to implement. For this game, you have the option to choose a low, medium, or high rate. As far as revenue generated for District 25, the low rate would lead to $24 million, the medium rate to $31 million, and the highest rate to $38 million.

Bridge Tolling

Adding a toll to a major bridge in this district would be made possible through the Major Bridge P3 Initiative. Revenue from this toll would help fund the bridge's replacement or rehabiltiation, and maintenance. This toll would take two years to implement and would be used to finance $183 million in bridge construction for District 25 over a three year period.

Corridor Tolling

6 years

Managed Lanes (Limited Lanes Tolling)

3 years

Congestion Pricing

6 years

Bridge Tolling P3 Initiative

2 years

Vehicle Fees

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Years Vary

Vehicle Fees

Vehicle Registration Fee

This fee increase would be charged to any drivers in District 25 when they register a vehicle. Increasing the vehicle registration fee in District 25 would take three years to implement. For this game, you have the option to choose a $5, 100%, or 200% increase. As far as revenue generated for District 25, the $5 increase would lead to $5 million, the 100% increase to $63 million, and the 200% increase to $125 million.

Electric Car Fee

This fee would be charged to any drivers in District 25 when they purchase an electric vehicle. The implementation of an electric car fee would take two years. For this game, you have the option to choose a $100, $150, or $200 fee. As far as revenue generated for District 25, the $100 fee would lead up to $2 million, the $150 fee up to $3 million, and the $200 fee up to $4 million.

State Police Funding Reduction

While a portion of the gas tax currently funds Pennsylvania State Police supporting highway safety related needs (exact budget breakdowns can be viewed in our annual report here). Decreasing this funding in District 25 would take two years to implement. For this game, you have the option to choose a slight, medium, or large reduction. As far as revenue generated for District 25, the slight reduction would lead to $3 million in revenue, the medium reduction to $29 million, and large reduction to $56 million.

Vehicle Registration Fee

3 years

Electric Car Fee

2 years

State Police Funding Reduction

2 years

10 Year Funding Lookahead

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$1.5B
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$1B
$750M
$500M
$250M
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-$250M
-$500M
-$750M
-$1B
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Current Gap at $675M
Remaining Gap
Projected Gap
Addressed Gap
Surplus Revenue

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You're not there yet...

You're not there yet. This set of funding solutions isn't enough to close District 25's funding gap! Addressing the funding gap has no easy fix. You can try adding more funding solutions to the mix or increasing the rates in order to support the district's mobility for years to come.

in 10 years

You closed the gap!

Congrats! You’ve helped close District 25 funding gap! While there was not one quick fix, your selection of multiple different near- and long-term funding options ensured that the district’s mobility will continue to be supported for years to come.

You'll notice that it took X years for your combination of funding solutions to close the gap. In that time, highways and bridges throughout the district continued to experience emergency temporary closures or increasing congestion, costing drivers in the process.