Symposium on Mileage-Based User Fees: Technology Workshop

Held in conjunction with the ITS America Annual Meeting and Exposition

April 24, 2013

Gaylord Opryland Convention Center
Tennessee Ballroom B
2800 Opryland Dr.
Nashville, TN 37214
ph. (615) 889-1000 or (866) 972-OPRY [6779]

Hosted by:

  • Texas A&M Transportation Institute
  • ITS America
  • University of Minnesota, Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Sponsored by:

  • Reason Foundation

Now in its fifth year, the MBUF symposium will bring together professionals in the field of road user fees to share information and advance the discussion of usage-based fees. This year's symposium will focus on enabling technologies and systems and engaging the ITS community in articulating a path forward. The symposium will incorporate plenary sessions and interactive discussion sessions to address the following questions:

  • What are the mileage-based fee research and development activities underway at the state level, and what is the future direction based on what we've learned?
  • What is the range of policy-to-practice challenges to advancing mileage-based fees?
  • What are the feasible and politically viable deployment approaches for reporting mileage and paying a mileage fee?
  • What is the potential role of the ITS industry and its range of stakeholders in advancing usage-based fees?
  • How can vehicle technologies play a role in mileage-based fee solutions?
  • What are the private sector opportunities for assessing and collecting fees, and what is the public sector's role under this model?
  • What are the research needs moving forward?

Event Details

The symposium will begin with coffee service at 7:30 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Conference attire is business casual.

Sessions and Topics

Opening Remarks

  • Ginger Goodin – Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI)

Implementation Pathways – Research Initiatives and Demonstrations

  • Includes discussion of projects in Oregon, Minnesota, and Nevada.
  • Richard "Trey" Baker – TTI, Moderator
  • Chuck Larsen – Oregon DOT
  • Ray Starr – Minnesota DOT
  • Alauddin Kahn – Nevada DOT

Implementation Challenges

  • Some of the greatest barriers to implementation are public and political acceptance issues, including fairness and equity, privacy, cost, compliance, and interoperability. This panel will explore the role that technology and enabling systems can play in supporting policies that address public acceptance concerns.
  • Chris Hill – Booz Allen Hamilton, Moderator
  • Jack Opiola – D'Artagnan Consulting
  • Ben Pierce – Battelle
  • James J. Eden – AECOM
  • Chris Isbell – Sanef

National Perspective – Mileage-Based User Fee Alliance

  • Lee W. Munnich, Jr. – Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota (UM)
  • Barb Rohde – Executive Director, Mileage-Based User Fee Alliance

Nexus of Road User Fees and In-Vehicle Technologies

  • Topics include insurance telematics, trucking/commercial vehicles, tolling, in-vehicle services, and future vehicles.
  • Louis Neudorff – CH2M HILL, Moderator
  • Dave Huber – Kairos Solutions
  • Brian Michie – EROAD, New Zealand
  • Ken Philmus – Transportation Solutions Group, Xerox Services
  • Chris Hill – Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Barry Einsig – CISCO Systems
  • Jeremy Salinger – General Motors

Path Forward – Interactive Discussion / Conversation Circle

  • Topics include the future of technology to support MBUF, the role of the ITS community in advancing MBUF, and research needs.
  • Ginger Goodin – TTI and Lee W. Munnich – UM, Moderators

ITS America Annual Meeting

This year's one-day symposium is being held in conjunction with ITS America's Annual Meeting and Exposition, April 22-24, 2013. This year's theme "Real Progress – Great Future" will review the nation's experiences in the deployment of ITS technologies and explore how much further we can go to create a connected, efficient, sustainable and safe transportation system. The 2013 ITS America Meeting will offer unprecedented opportunities to see the latest and learn about the future of intelligent transportation solutions from across the U.S. More information on this conference is available at the conference website.

Registration Information

Online registration is available via the ITS America Annual Meeting website.

Registration Fees

Registration for the Symposium is separate from the ITS America Annual Meeting registration.

Online registration for the Symposium is $170. This rate will remain in force until the ITS America Annual Meeting, at which time on-site registration will be $225.

Speaker Information

Speakers are required to register online and should select the speaker's courtesy rate when registering.

Hotel Reservations

Accommodations have been arranged at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee at a rate of $229 + $15 Resort Fee per night (resort fee includes in-room Internet, fitness center & bottled water). More hotel information and reservations  are available through the registration website. The discounted conference room rates will be available until the block fills or until March 25, 2013.

Hotel Parking

Self-parking is available on-site for $20/day; valet parking is available for $26/day.


Air Travel

Nashville International Airport (BNA) provides easy and central access to Tennessee from locations throughout the United States, with service available on major carriers and excellent regional airlines.

Ground Transportation

Rental cars are available on site at the airport from most major companies. Taxi service is also available; fare from the airport to the resort is estimated at $25 one way. The Gaylord Opryland also offers a variety of transportation services to the airport and local attractions. Details are available on the resort website.

City Information

Nashville Entertainment and Attractions

Nashville is Music City, and two of America's legendary music venues are right at hand. The legendary Grand Ole Opry is located next to the Gaylord Opryland Hotel, while the Ryman Auditorium, the Opry's most famous former home and Nashville's premiere performance hall, is a short ride or riverboat cruise away. A variety of other unique attractions are also available, from golf to riverboat cruises, and of course an almost endless number of live music shows in the area. Information is available on the resort website and Tennessee's tourism website.

For More Information

Program Contents

Ginger Goodin
Senior Research Engineer
Texas A&M Transportation Institute
1106 Clayton Lane, Suite 300E
Austin, TX 78723
ph. (512) 467-0946


Brent Isenberg
Director of Marketing and Business Development
Intelligent Transportation Society of America
1100 17th St NW, Suite 1200
Washington, DC 20036
ph. (202) 721-4204