By Rich Sampson

CTAA Analysis: What's Best for Federal Transit Investment – a new VMT Tax or an Increased Gas Tax?

Underscoring ongoing discussions as Congress prepares for the reauthorization of federal surface transportation legislation – currently known as the FAST Act – is the need to shore up the revenue streams that support federal transportation programs, including those dedicated for community and public transportation. For more than a decade, long-term solutions to growing revenue shortfalls derived from the federal gas tax have been evasive, both at the Presidential and Congressional levels. Here, CTAA Communications Specialist delves into the nuances of the two most likely means of avoiding insolvency of the Highway Trust Fund and its Mass Transit Account: raising and indexing the gas tax, or introducing a Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) fee.


The Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) and its members believe that mobility is a basic human right. From work and education to life-sustaining health care and human services programs to shopping and visiting with family and friends, mobility directly impacts quality of life.