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ODOT names three partners to manage pay-by-the-mile road usage program

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OReGO is the nation’s first per-mile charging system and launches July 1. OReGO is the nation’s first per-mile charging system and launches July 1.
SALEM, OR (KPTV) -

Oregon's new pay-by-the-mile road usage program, OReGO, took a big step forward Monday as state officials announced they have three private business partners on board to manage accounts and collect fees.

Participants in OReGO, which launches July 1, are volunteering for the program and will be charged a per-mile fee, then either receive a credit or a bill for the difference in gas taxes paid at the pump.

"Oregon is pioneering the nation's first pay-by-the-mile road usage charge system. We now have three trusted private partners on board — Azuga, Sanef and Verizon Telematics — that Oregonians can choose from when they volunteer to enroll their vehicles in OReGO," said Jim Whitty, manager of the Oregon Department of Transportation's Office of Innovative Partnerships and Alternative Funding.

Oregon has already conducted two pilot projects to test road usage charging, which led the 2013 Legislature to create the OReGO program and launch it statewide with up to 5,000 volunteer vehicle owners starting in July.

"This is the wave of the future," Whitty said. "We've got to find a more sustainable and fair way to fund highway maintenance and new construction, or our economy will suffer as our roads get more crowded and less safe."

Anyone interested in learning more about the program or potentially participating is encouraged to join the interest list at www.myOReGO.org.

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