Rethinking America's HighwaysA 21st-Century Vision for Better Infrastructure

Rethinking America's HighwaysA 21st-Century Vision for Better Infrastructure

Robert W. Poole Jr.

Print publication date: 2019

ISBN: 9780226557571

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Abstract

This book examines how the model of state-owned highways came about and why it is failing. It argues for a new model that treats highways as public utilities, such as electricity and water supply. Customers would pay based on how much they drive, and companies would issue revenue bonds to invest in facilities. This would lead to key decisions about highways being made on economic rather than political grounds.