Author Archives: Bob Poole

About Bob Poole

Bob Poole is director of transportation policy and Searle Freedom Trust Transportation Fellow at Reason Foundation. Poole, an MIT-trained engineer, has advised the previous four presidential administrations on transportation and policy issues.

A Conservative Case for Highway Tolling

As of today, using toll finance to rebuild part or all of a state’s Interstate highways is under discussion in 14 states that I know of. In some states, these discussions are bipartisan, but in other states, some conservative legislators … Continue reading

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Express Toll Lanes’ Expanding Track Record

With the opening of Virginia’s I-395 Express Lanes now open up to the Potomac River, its worth asking: “How many express toll lane projects are in operation in the United States today?” As of mid-summer, according to a tally provided … Continue reading

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I-66 HOT Lanes Working Better This Year

During the Q&A at a presentation I gave in June, a questioner cited $40 tolls on the I-66 (inside the Beltway) high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes as an example of what driving would be like if tolling were more widely used. … Continue reading

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PIRG Deems Highway Mega-Projects “Boondoggles”

(Editor’s Note:  The Ralph Nader-inspired Public Interest Research Group, or PIRG, has declared the widening of I-81 in Virginia to be a “boondoggle.”  This is no doubt news to Virginians who have to travel on that highway.  We found Mr. … Continue reading

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New Report Calls for Top-Down Mileage Fee Program

My Reason colleagues and I have long argued that per-gallon fuel taxes should be replaced by mileage-based user fees (MBUFs). I served on the Transportation Research Board committee that alerted the transportation community to the looming decline of fuel tax … Continue reading

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