Category Archives: Take Back Infrastructure

How Connected Autonomous Vehicles Could Benefit the Tolling Industry

by Robert Deans, Vice President, Technology, Transurban One concern that has been highlighted around the impending transportation revolution, which will be driven by the introduction and widespread adoption of connected autonomous vehicles (CAVs), is that it will have a negative … Continue reading

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Paving the Way for PPP Infrastructure, by Robert Poole Jr.

A major all-sectors infrastructure bill is unlikely in 2017. Other top priorities will dominate congressional time, and the committee structure will make it hard for a comprehensive infrastructure bill even when there is plenty of available time. Nevertheless, there are two … Continue reading

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KKR Tests Sale Of Its Muni Water Concessions

Kohlberg Kravitz & Roberts (KKR) municipal water investment fund is seeking buyers for two concessions it owns with Suez Water in Bayonne, NJ, and Middletown, PA. KKR believes it has derisked the nearly identical contracts over the past four years, … Continue reading

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WIFIA Details Temper Deal Hopes

PPP developers are hoping to see a list of potential water/wastewater projects over the next few months as municipalities line up to apply for federal credit assistance in financing their capital projects under the Water Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA). … Continue reading

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California PPP Law Sunsets

PPP proponents this month failed to gain passage of an extension of California’s transportation PPP enabling law in time to prevent its expiration at year end. Now, all proposed PPP projects on the state highway system will require project-specific legislation … Continue reading

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Opinion: Stirring Up Fear Of Public-Private Partnerships In California

“A Dec. 13 op ed in the Sacramento Bee on public-private partnerships from union leader Bruce Blanning does a disservice to the people of California. They should not be misled by his distortions and half-truths, which were timed to help … Continue reading

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PPP Canada ‘Paused’

Canada’s federal PPP program has been “paused,” Toronto representatives said recently after the city’s pitch for PPP money was sidelined earlier this year. Two Toronto staff reports to city council provided the first indication of what has happened to PPP … Continue reading

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Cdn $2 Billion For Vancouver Transit

The Vancouver region is in line for Cdn $2 billion in transit improvements—including preliminary work on a new subway and first steps on an LRT already designated as a PPP—after regional politicians found financing. The regional mayors have been looking … Continue reading

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No PPP For Gardiner Expressway

Toronto city council has decided to use a traditional procurement for a multibillion-dollar highway refurbishment because of funding uncertainties and the higher cost of a PPP. Council backed a PPP for the F.G. Gardiner Expressway, a key route with 18 … Continue reading

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Metrolinx Plans PPPs For Toronto Rail

The regional transportation agency for the areas around Toronto, which includes commuter trains into the city, has big plans for heavy rail upgrades and extensions, many using PPPs. Metrolinx’s capital plan for what it calls Regional Express Rail includes 13 … Continue reading

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