Study Steps

at a glance

MBUF Pilot Concepts

STEP 1.

Private-sector companies pitch MBUF products and other driver amenities. Coalition finalizes the three-month MBUF pilot parameters and selects which technologies they want to offer.

SMALL ROCKET

Vendor Selection and Testing

STEP 2.

Coalition selects a vendor to provide MBUF technologies and driver amenities. MBUF components and system tested before deployment.

Pilot Participants Identified

STEP 3.

Participants are recruited and asked to select the MBUF approach and driver amenities they want to explore in the pilot.

MAGNIFY GLASS

Three-Month Pilot Conducted

STEP 4.

Over 100 participants along the east coast experience MBUF technology first-hand, receive “faux invoices” for in- and out-of-state travel, and provide feedback on their experience.

CLIPBOARD

Study Evaluation

STEP 5.

Researchers evaluate anonymized vehicle data and participants’ personal assessments of the pilot. In addition, key MBUF issues such as privacy, equity, data security, interoperability with toll facilities, and administrative costs are also studied. Together, the picture of how a per-mile user fee could work becomes clearer.

CAR SUN
 

Data drives the future

Good data leads to better decisions. Both quantitative and qualitative data collected from pilot participants will assist researchers as they explore the benefits and challenges of a per-mile user fee in real-world scenarios.

 

The study will help answer questions like:


How did participants feel about receiving a road “invoice” for usage? Does the system seem
fair? Does it make sense to pay for transportation based on how many miles you drive?


Additionally, participants will provide valuable feedback on different types of approaches
deployed to measure road usage and other driver amenities.


Transitioning to a different way to fund our roadway will take creative thinking and exploration.
Data from this study will help bring the decisions ahead into better focus and provide insights on
possible next steps.