MBUFA Members gathered in one of Southern California Association of Government's (SCAG) conference rooms to a great view of downtown LA and an early morning, very clear view of the Hollywood sign in the distance. But attention quickly turned to the many topics for the day which focused on California and the next steps the state may be preparing to continue moving forward on road pricing issues.
The morning started with SCAG Executive Director,
Kome Aijse, giving a briefing on the issue of Distance Based Pricing in the LA Region and the considerations for funding the many transportation projects being considered for the 2028 Olympic Games that will be hosted in this region. He discussed the need for MPOs to be more involved in the MBUF pilot discussion due to their unique perspective. SCAG is the largest MPO in the nation and has Distance Based Pricing considerations in many of their long term plans.
Lauren Prehoda, from Caltrans, and
Hannah Walter, from the California Transportation Commission, provided updates on the California Road Charge Program and the planning involved at this point for consideration of future road charge pilots.
The day ended with
Norma Ortega, former CFO of Caltrans, leading a discussion of changes that should be considered as the discussion of a National Trial for the nation continues to unfold.