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The Gas Tax Doesn't Even Cover Cost of Roads

Analysis of Road Costs and Gas Tax Charged (US, 1988)

Raw Data (provided by Federal Highway Administration)
 
70,100,000,000 Dollars spent on roads (Federal, State & Local)
130,056,049,000 Gallons of motor fuel used
2,025,586,000,000 Vehicle Miles Traveled

Computations (by Daniel Convissor)
 
0.03 Dollars spent on roads per VMT
x 15.57 VMT per gallon of motor fuel use
-------  
0.54 Dollars spent on roads per gallon
 
0.09 Federal Gas Tax in dollars per gallon
+ 0.14 Average State Gas Tax in dollars per gallon
-------  
0.23 Dollars collected per gallon
 
0.23 Dollars collected per gallon
- 0.54 Dollars spent on roads per gallon
-------  
(0.31) Net cash flow in dollars per gallon

 


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