Monday, January 08, 2007

U.S. Department of Transportation Pushes P-3's (Public-Private Partnerships)

DOT Provides Model Legislation for Private-Sector Involvement in Transportation Projects

January 8, 2007

Office of Public Affairs
U.S. Department of Transportation
Copyright 2007

The U.S. Department of Transportation today provided model legislation thatwould give states flexibility to contract with the private sector to invest inand manage transportation projects.

The model legislation, part of the Department's initiative to reduce congestion in the nation's transportation system, is based on a survey of existing state laws that authorize public-private partnerships in building, owning or operating highways, mass transit, railroads, airports, seaports or other transportation infrastructure.

The growing stranglehold that congestion is placing on America's transportation network calls for new ways of financing and maintaining our critical transportation infrastructure,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary E. Peters.

This model legislation will help to ensure that states are in a position to tap into the billions of dollars that the private sector and lenders have amassed to invest in transportation.

Recognizing that states need statutory authority to enter into public-private agreements, this legislation can be a model to help states reduce or remove barriers to private-sector investment in transportation infrastructure. The legislation is a starting point from which states can proceed to craft laws that are most appropriate for their unique needs, and provides useful guidance on what a public-private partnership agreement might look like. Issues addressed by the model legislation include which modes of transportation would be eligible for private investment, whether or when tolls may be collected, innovative procurement methods, upkeep requirements for leased roads, and provisions to be considered in an agreement with the private sector.

Secretary Peters noted that 21 states and Puerto Rico already have at least some legal ability to utilize public-private partnerships. However, many of those laws provide limited or project-specific authority. Broad authority will also give states the opportunity to take advantage of various federal tools and pilot programs now available under SAFETEA-LU and the recently created congestion initiative. The model legislation is available on the Internet at

[The purpose of this model PPP legislation is to provide States with an example of what basic elements to consider and address in PPP authorizing legislation. It is meant to serve as a representation of the core provisions dealing with issues that a State should consider when pursuing greater private sector involvement in the delivery of transportation services. The Department welcomes comments on the model PPP legislation. Comments may be sent to]


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