In our premiere episode of Florida in Motion, a TeamFL podcast, we're going to be talking about how our roads and highways in Florida are funded. Did you know most of the funding comes from the gas tax? While the FDOT is funded by the Florida Transportation Trust Fund, the 3,500 lane-miles of toll roads in Florida are managed and funded completely separately. Want to find out more? Listen in now as I chat with Robert Poole, the Director of Transportation Policy and the Searle Freedom Trust Transportation Fellow at the Reason Foundation.
Robert Poole's Biography
Robert Poole is Director of Transportation Policy and the Searle Freedom Trust Transportation Fellow at the Reason Foundation. He has advised the U.S. DOT and half a dozen state DOTs on transportation policy. Over the past 20 years, he has helped introduce a number of policy ideas into U.S. transportation, including long-term toll concessions, HOT lanes, and dedicated truck-only lanes. A Reason policy paper Bob wrote in 1988 directly inspired the first state PPP law, enacted in California in 1989. That law led directly to the 91 Express Lanes—the world’s first express toll lanes project and the first U.S. long-term toll concession project. Bob received his B.S. and M.S. in mechanical engineering at MIT and did graduate work in operations research at NYU. He’s an emeritus member of the Transportation Research Board’s Managed Lanes Committee, and was a member of TRB’s special committee on the long-term viability of fuel taxes for highway funding. In 2007 he was named “Private Sector Entrepreneur of the Year” by the Public-Private Partnerships division of ARTBA. In 2008 he was a member of the Texas Study Committee on Private Participation in Toll Projects. In 2010 he was a member of Washington State DOT’s Expert Review Panel on the I-405 corridor and was also a member of the transportation transition team for Florida Gov. Rick Scott. Bob produces Reason’s monthly e-newsletter, Surface Transportation Innovations, and writes a monthly column on transportation policy for Public Works Financing. His book, Rethinking America’s Highways: A 21st Century Vision for Better Infrastructure, was published by the University of Chicago Press in July 2018.
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