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Section 3: Pooled Fund Program

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Overview

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) sponsors the Transportation Pooled Fund Program as a means for interested states, FHWA, and other organizations to partner to solve common transportation related problems. To qualify as a pooled fund study, more than one state transportation agency, federal agency, local agency such as a municipality or metropolitan planning organization, college or university, or a private company must find the subject important enough to commit funds or other resources to the project.

State and federal transportation agencies may initiate pooled fund studies. Local and regional transportation agencies, private industry, foundations, and colleges and universities may partner with any or all of the sponsoring agencies to conduct pooled fund projects.

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RTI Responsibilities

The Research and Technology Implementation Office (RTI) serves as TxDOT’s coordinator for the Transportation Pooled Fund Program. In that role, RTI is responsible for:

  • receiving solicitations for pooled fund projects, whether the solicitation is received from FHWA, a lead state on a project, or a DDO,
  • reviewing each solicitation to determine how the proposed project relates to ongoing research activities and TxDOT priorities,
  • coordinating with the appropriate TxDOT division to determine whether they wish to join the project,
  • notifying other states of TxDOT’s interest,
  • managing the commitment of TxDOT’s SPR funds to pooled fund projects, and
  • managing pooled fund project information for TxDOT on the pooled fund web site at www.pooledfund.org.
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Pooled Fund Project Funding

Pooled fund projects are funded from TxDOT’s apportionment of SPR funds. As such, they compete for funding with other TxDOT research activities. This competition is either immediate or long-term, depending on whether or not Texas is the lead state on the project. Therefore, all pooled fund solicitations are evaluated to ensure that the benefits TxDOT expects to receive from the project are balanced with the funding committed.

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