Beyond the Pump: Rethinking Transportation Funding Without the Fuel Tax

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May 9, 2024
San José, CA

The Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI) at San José State University (SJSU) presents the 15th Annual Mineta National Transportation Policy Summit: “Beyond the Pump: Rethinking Transportation Funding Without the Fuel Tax.” The event will be held on Friday, May 17th, 2024 at 10a.m. (PT). 

Fuel tax revenue—a core source of funding for operating, maintaining, and improving transportation systems—is declining. While increased electric vehicle adoption benefits the environment and community health, it leaves a funding gap due to decreased gasoline and diesel purchases. To avert a funding crisis and keep infrastructure up and running, transportation leaders and policymakers must identify a replacement as soon as possible.

Hear from national experts as they explore alternative funding solutions such as mileage fees, higher annual vehicle fees, or abandoning the user-pay principle and relying on general fund revenue. This summit features MTI Executive Director Dr. Karen Philbrick as MC and David S. Kim, MTI Trustee and Senior Vice President at WSP, as moderator.

MTI National Transportation Finance Center Director Dr. Asha Weinstein Agrawal will present the latest findings from MTI’s 15th annual transportation tax survey, which explores public support for different funding options and priorities for improving the transportation system. 

Eno Transportation Center Senior Fellow Jeff Davis will discuss the nuances of past and future federal funding.

Expert panelists joining these speakers to discuss this complex issue include:

  • Carlos Braceras, Executive Director, Utah Department of Transportation,

  • Tim Gatz, Executive Director, Oklahoma Department of Transportation, and

  • Ed Sniffen, Director, Hawaii Department of Transportation.

Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of the conversation around funding an efficient and sustainable transportation future!

This free webinar is hosted in partnership with the Commonwealth Club of California. Guests can register at



At the Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI) at San Jose State University (SJSU) our mission is to increase mobility for all by improving the safety, efficiency, accessibility, and convenience of our nations’ transportation system. Through research, education, workforce development and technology transfer, we help create a connected world. Founded in 1991, MTI is a university transportation center funded by the US Department of Transportation, the California Department of Transportation, and public and private grants, including those made available by the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 (SB1). MTI is affiliated with SJSU’s Lucas College and Graduate School of Business.


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