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Michigan proposal may have drivers paying as they go

TEMPERANCE, MI (Toledo News Now) -

A proposed solution was announced Thursday May 15 to making your trip along bumpy Michigan roads smoother. It's coming from a just completed University of Michigan study.

This is a pay as you go proposal where Michigan would move to a system where motorists pay a fee based on the number of miles they drive. Michigan motorists at Brenda's Family Dining in Temperance say it's a step in the right direction.

"Very horrible. Being honest, they suck," said Dawn Modrowski, in regards to the roads.

"Terrible. Especially Douglas Road," said Sandra King.

The U of M study says fuel consumption is declining. Vehicles are becoming more efficient and electric cars more common. The result: existing road funding models based on fuel taxes are obsolete.

Folks at Brenda's say something needs to be done.

"People pulled in here with flat tires because of Samaria Road," said Modrowski.

"I personally had a tire blow out on a car also a couple years ago," said King.

The U of M report concludes there would be no need to raise fuel taxes to pay for transportation infrastructure. An individual mileage fee would be based on the number of miles driven, the time of day, the route taken and the weight of the vehicle.

Still, it's a tough sell for the ladies at Brenda's.

"Because we pay enough taxes as it is," said King.

Authors of the U of M study say moving to a mileage system is five to ten years away, but now is as good a time as any to start talking about it.

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