AASHTO Journal, 18 April 2014
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation officials recently announced that the department is accepting unsolicited proposals for transportation projects through the end of the month in an effort to fully capitalize on all of its transportation funding options.
PennDOT is looking for private sector firms to submit proposals that offer ways to bring transportation projects, covering all modes, to the public. PennDOT is also looking for ideas on more efficient models of current transportation-related programs and services.
Department officials accepted similar projects last year, ultimately receiving six unsolicited proposals for transportation projects. PennDOT then recommended two of those projects be considered by the state’s P3 board for approval (see related AASHTO Journal story here).
“P3 projects are another tool we have to meet or expand Pennsylvania’s transportation services, and this is an opportunity for the private sector to share innovative ways to deliver projects,” said PennDOT Secretary and P3 Board Chair Barry Schoch in a statement regarding last year’s call for unsolicited PPP transportation projects.
PPPs have gained momentum for PennDOT since Gov. Tom Corbett signed the Public and Private Partnerships for Transportation Act in September 2012, allowing PPP projects in the state for transportation. The tool has been a vital one for several state transportation departments across the country.
PennDOT is accepting these proposals through 11:59 p.m. on April 30. Another call for unsolicited proposals will occur in October, PennDOT officials said.
Additional information on this call for proposals, as well as general PennDOT PPP information, is available at P3forPA.com.