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Our Troubled Highway System

Our Troubled Highway System

Chapter:
(p.1) Chapter One Our Troubled Highway System
Source:
Rethinking America's Highways
Author(s):
Robert W. Poole Jr.
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226557601.003.0001

Highway users face chronic congestion, rough roads, and deficient bridges. This chapter provides a capsule history of U.S. highway funding and management. It compares highways with other vital public utilities and suggests that the public utility model would be more effective in dealing with highways’ systemic problems.

Keywords:   Congestion, Fuel-tax funding, Highway Trust Fund, Interstate Highway System, Highway utilities

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