PENNSYLVANIA — The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Office of Public-Private Partnerships (P3) is aiming to encourage innovative project delivery and program management that results in improved transportation services throughout the state. Private firms now have an exciting opportunity to submit unsolicited proposals for projects that support different transportation modes, including roads, bridges, rail, aviation, and ports. The submission window is open from now until April 30 and PennDOT encourages proposals that demonstrate transparency and provide benefits for citizens. Through this process, PennDOT hopes to drive budget-friendly solutions for increased mobility across all its services.
Unsolicited proposals are being accepted through 11:59 PM on April 30. Instructions on how to submit a project and information on the unsolicited proposal review process can be found on the state’s P3 website.
PennDOT holds an unsolicited proposal period in April and October each year.
The private sector may also submit applications for non-PennDOT-owned assets directly to the P3 board during this time. Transportation entities outside of the governor’s jurisdiction, such as transit authorities and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, may establish their own timelines or accept proposals year-round.
The state’s P3 law allows PennDOT and other transportation authorities and commissions to partner with private companies to participate in delivering, maintaining, and financing transportation-related projects.
As part of the P3 law, the seven-member Public Private Transportation Partnership Board was appointed to examine and approve potential public-private transportation projects. If the board determines a state operation would be more cost-effectively administered by a private company, the company will be authorized to submit a proposal and enter into a contract to either completely or partially take over that operation for a defined period of time.
The next unsolicited proposal acceptance period will occur in October. To learn more about P3 in Pennsylvania, including active projects, visit PennDOT’s website.
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