The Center’s 3rd annual P3 Forum, Evidence: P3s and the Evolution of Infrastructure Delivery, was a huge success. Held April 26, 2016 in Founder’s Hall, the event focused on the Center’s new project examining evidence about the strengths and limitations of public-private partnerships for project delivery. Regional leaders also discussed the Purple Line, Interstate 66, and how P3s are figuring in transit projects in the greater Washington metro region.
Lauren McCarthy, Center Graduate Research Assistant, presented a paper at the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) Regional Student Conference on April 2 at Mason. Her paper was entitled “Emerging Governance in the Sharing Economy,” which focused on the collaborative/partnership governance models that are emerging in the transportation sector.
On January 13, Center Director Jonathan Gifford participated in a panel entitled “National U.S. Department of Transportation Act at Age 50: Consequences and Lessons” at the TRB 95th Annual Meeting. The panel included Rolf Schmitt, Deputy Associate Administrator and Deputy Director at the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, and was moderated by Alan Pisarski.
This year begins the 50th anniversary period of the U.S. Department of Transportation. The legislation creating the Department was passed in 1966 and took effect in 1967. The panel of historians and department veterans discussed where the Department has been more than the sum of its parts, and lessons we can draw from the DOT Act to help us move forward today. For example, why was the Department created? Has U.S. DOT served those original purposes? How has the DOT Act affected states and other transportation stakeholders?
School and Center leaders welcomed 80 guests to the Center’s 2016 TRB reception the evening of January 12. Overlooking the soaring lobby of D.C.’s Walter Washington Convention Center, attendees took a break from the conference action to network and compare notes on P3 projects and event highlights, while Mason alumni took advantage of a rare chance to catch up and reconnect.
Center staff engaged numerous TRB 2016 attendees with January 11 poster sessions spotlighting renegotiation and funding/financing trends.
Click here for Renegotiation of Transportation Public-Private Partnerships: The US experience by Jonathan Gifford, Lisardo Bolaños, Nobuhiko Daito, and MorghanTransue.
Click here for A Comparative Analysis of Value for Money Studies: Highway Public-Private Partnerships Projects in the U.S. by Jeong Yun Kweun, Porter K. Wheeler, and Jonathan L. Gifford.
Center Director Jonathan Gifford participated as a speaker on the evaluation of P3s at the ARTBA “Town Gown” Roundtable held on January 9. The event was organized by AIAI.
Gifford’s remarks addressed the following questions:
A number of P3s in the US have now been delivered and are now in operation. How and who can benchmark the project delivery results? How can we define best practices when much of the project data is within the private realm? What is the private sector’s responsibility in shaping public opinion about a specific project? The private sector, in the case of I-95/I-495 Express and LBJ Express, is investing to understand their customers. Specifically they are polling the public about their performance in the O&M phase? What are their findings? Could this approach be used during the development phase of the project to enhance public acceptance?