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The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Office of Public-Private Partnerships will be accepting unsolicited private sector proposals for transportation projects involving agency-owned infrastructure through October 31 – adding that its next unsolicited proposal acceptance period will occur in April 2020.

[Above photo by PennDOT.]

PennDOT said in a statement that private sector P3 project proposals can involve a variety of modes including roads, bridges, rail, aviation, and ports. Proposals can also include more efficient models to manage existing transportation-related services and programs, the agency noted.

[As an aside, to better explain what P3s are and how they work, the Maryland Department of Transportation crafted the video below.]

PennDOT added that private sector firms may also submit applications for non-PennDOT-owned assets directly to the state’s P3 board through October 31 as well. Instructions on how to submit a project and information on the unsolicited proposal review process can be found on the state’s P3 website.

Pennsylvania’s P3 law – enacted in 2012 – formed a seven-member Public Private Transportation Partnership Board to examine and approve potential public-private transportation projects.

According to the law, if the board determines a state operation would be more cost-effectively administered by a private company, then that 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.

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