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Rethinking America's Highways: A 21st-Century Vision for Better Infrastructure

Robert W. Poole Jr.


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.

Keywords: Tolling, Highway utilities, Long-term concessions, Risk transfer, Express toll lanes, Public-private partnerships (P3s), Mileage-based user fees, Congestion, Interstate Highway System

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226557571
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226557601.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert W. Poole Jr., author
Reason Foundation