Category Archives: Take Back Infrastructure

Build A Framework For Productive Asset Recycling, by Peter Luchetti

Asset recycling in the context of a national P3 investment strategy follows an international trend largely considered to be a success, and would theoretically be a good concept for the U.S., but it runs into the fundamental American barrier of … Continue reading

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Why and How To Toll The Interstates by Robert W. Poole Jr., Reason Foundation

Last month’s issue carried a piece by my long-time friend and colleague Alan Pisarski arguing against tolling U.S. Interstates. He and I seldom disagree on transportation policy, but we do in this case. All five points he made are challenges … Continue reading

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Letter to the Editor: Road Usage Charges

The article published in your April 2017 edition, “Gas Taxes are Doomed — But Road Usage Charges Won’t Solve the Problem” presents a bleak vision of future transportation funding. It includes a litany of ominous obstacles to implementation of mileage-based … Continue reading

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Infrastructure Disrupters: Reasons To Focus On AV Rollout Now

With the first commercial-ready autonomous vehicles (AV) scheduled to roll off the production lines between 2018-2022 and full scale rollout expected not for at least 10-15 more years, why should anyone in the infrastructure sector focus on autonomous vehicles now? … Continue reading

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Massey Bridge P3 In Trouble

The outlook for the Cdn$3.5-billion Massey Bridge P3 project in Vancouver has become uncertain with the political turmoil in British Columbia. The governing Liberal Party, which backs the project, will probably be replaced by the New Democratic Party (NDP), backed … Continue reading

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Ontario High Speed Rail Studies Begin

Ontario has begun preliminary work on a high-speed train route that, if ever built, could include substantial private sector involvement. Early design work on the line, which links Toronto and Windsor (about 360 kms), was announced along with studies looking … Continue reading

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Montreal LRT Waits For Federal Government

The Quebec government has committed Cdn$1.3 billion to buy equity in a unique transit P3 but the project is contingent on a similar promise from the federal government. The province’s recent budget contained the backing for the Cdn$6-billion Réseau électrique … Continue reading

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Canada Infra Bank Hits Political Headwinds

The Canadian government’s plan for a Cdn$35-billion infrastructure bank is getting a rough ride from the left, the right, and critics with no visible political affiliation but who think it’s just a bad idea. But it looks as though the … Continue reading

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Sâo Paulo Water Operator Prepares For Private Investors

Sâo Paulo state water utility Sabesp (Companhia de Saneamento Basico do Estado de Sâo Paulo), the leading water company in the Americas by number of consumers, has unveiled plans to recapitalize itself in a move to attract private investors. This … Continue reading

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Sumitomo Joins Brookfield In Brazilian Water

Japan’s Sumitomo Corporation has jumped on board Odebrecht Ambiental (OA), joining Brookfield in the acquisition of 70% of OA. Sumitomo’s share will be 14% for $250 million. The other 30% stake is owned by Brazilian worker compensation and retirement fund … Continue reading

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