DUPSA & Urban Growth Seminar Series: 'Rethinking America's Highways' by Robert Poole

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 12:45pm to 1:45pm

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Lewis Hall (RGL), 100
650 Childs Way, Los Angeles, CA 90089

Join us for a talk by Robert Poole, Transportation Policy Director, Reason Foundation, on 'Rethinking America's Highways: A Vision for a Better 21st Century Infrastructure' as a part of the Urban Growth Seminar Series.

Lunch will be provided – please RSVP here by Monday, October 29th to secure your spot. 
In Rethinking America’s Highways, Robert Poole examines how our current model of state-owned highways came about and why it is failing to satisfy its customers. He argues for a new model that treats highways themselves as public utilities—like electricity, telephones, and water supply. If highways were provided commercially, Poole argues, people would pay for highways based on how much they used, and the companies would issue revenue bonds to invest in facilities people were willing to pay for. Arguing for for highway investments to be motivated by economic rather than political factors, this talk makes a carefully-reasoned and well-documented case for a new approach to highways.

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Students, Alumni, Faculty/Staff


University Park Campus



Price School of Public Policy
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