PennDOT accepting proposals for public-private partnerships

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The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Office of Public-Private Partnerships (P3) recently opened the application period for unsolicited proposals for transportation projects from the private sector.

Private sector proposals will be accepted for PennDOT-owned projects, infrastructure, and services. Proposals must offer innovative ways to deliver transportation projects across a variety of modes including aviation, bridges, ports, rail, and roads. More efficient models also can be included to manage existing transportation-related services and programs.

Applications also can be submitted for non-PennDOT-owned assets.

Under state law, PennDOT and other transportation authorities and commissions are permitted to partner with private companies for the delivery, maintenance and financing of transportation-related projects.

A seven member Public Private Transportation Partnership Board will examine and approve potential public-private transportation projects. PennDOT will issue the selected companies a Request for Proposals and start a competitive procurement.

The deadline is April 30. Information on the unsolicited proposal review process and instructions on how to submit a project can be found on the state’s P3 website.

PennDOT holds an unsolicited proposal periods in April and October.

Transportation entities outside of the governor’s jurisdiction are permitted to accept proposals year-round or establish their own timelines. Entities include the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and transit authorities.