As of March, 2012, I am still driving about 15,000 miles per year on the same roads (and having way more fun in my ActiveE!), however, I am not contributing to their upkeep. Is that fair? What if we all started driving electric cars or high mpg hybrids?
Oregon and Minnesota are two states leading the charge to find alternative ways to fund their transportation infrastructure. Oregon began research on this topic in the early 2000s. They experimented with various ways to collect usage fees through a VMT (Vehicle Mileage Tax). They ran a pilot program, made mistakes and admitted it! Now, version 2.0 begins this fall with the Road User Charge Pilot Program. Minnesota is actively recruiting volunteers for their Mileage-Based User Fee with the same goal: be ready to replace shrinking road maintenance revenues when the country goes electric.
For now, I'm enjoying the free ride, but urging my Massachusetts state representatives to look into the future of road maintenance funding.