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Robert Poole

Reason Foundation
Director of Transportation Policy
Robert Poole is Director of Transportation Policy and the Searle Freedom Trust Transportation Fellow at the Reason Foundation. He received his B.S. and M.S. in mechanical engineering at MIT and studied operations research at NYU. His 1988 policy paper proposing privately financed, congestion-relief toll lanes inspired California’s private tollway pilot projects law (AB 680), which has served as the prototype for more than 20 similar laws in other states. In 1993 he directed a study that introduced the term "HOT Lanes."
Poole has been an advisor to the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Transit Administration, the White House Office of Policy Development, and the DOTs of several states. He served on the Caltrans Privatization Advisory Steering Committee in 1989-90, and was a member of California’s Commission on Transportation Investment in 1995-96. He writes a monthly column on transportation policy issues for Public Works Financing, and publishes the monthly e-newsletter, Surface Transportation Innovations.