Replacing the $54.5 billion raised for highway and transit projects from fuel taxes and other sources would require an average vehicle-miles tax rate of about 1.8 cents a mile, according to data compiled by the Federal Highway Administration. That’s based on the 2.97 trillion miles (4.77 trillion kilometers) driven in 2010.

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December 14, 2012

The idea of a U.S. tax based on miles driven went from untouchable to a matter for serious debate with a single quote.

By telling reporters such a tax is “a fair way” to pay for highway improvements, incoming House transportation Chairman Bill Shuster last week revived a concept his own committee this year blocked from even being studied. President Barack Obama’s spokesman in 2009 rebuked the transportation secretary for discussing it…