Tax Revenue and Telecommuting

According to the D.C. Tax Facts, the motor fuel tax in 2000 was reported to be $32.65 million dollars and was drastically decreased to $25.1 million dollars in 2017. Transportation infrastructure is costly to build and even costlier to maintain; in 2017, The Condition of the District’s Roadways reported that the actual expenditure on the District roadways was 4.5 times higher than the FY 2010-2014 average. Concurrently, the adoption of electric and hybrid vehicles and decreases in road trips due to the transition to telecommuting and eCommerce, especially with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, are significantly influencing transportation revenue generation from gasoline taxes. This will become a serious challenge for infrastructure asset management in the near future. The main objective of this research is to investigate the most influential parameters and possible scenarios affecting the District’s Highway Trust Fund revenues due to increased telecommuting and changes in commute mode in order to propose a multi-criteria decision-making model for transportation tax revenue generation.


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    • Status: Active
    • Sponsor Organizations:

      District Department of Transportation

      250 M Street, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20003
    • Project Managers:

      Brooks, Samuel

    • Performing Organizations:

      Morgan State University

      1700 E. Cold Spring Lane
      Baltimore, MD 21251, Maryland  United States  21251

      University of Maryland, College Park

      Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
      College Park, MD  United States  20742
    • Principal Investigators:

      Shokouhian, M

      Owolabi, Ayodele

      Efe, Steve

      Schonfeld, Paul

    • Start Date: 20210624
    • Expected Completion Date: 20221223
    • Actual Completion Date: 0

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01781558
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: District Department of Transportation
    • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Sep 13 2021 1:00PM