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Innovation Wave:

An Update on the Burgeoning Private Sector Role
in U.S. Highway and Transit Infrastructure

United States Department of Transportation
July 18, 2008

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Table of Contents

  1. Executive Summary

  2. Introduction

  3. Defining PPPs and Their Benefits

    This section provides a definition of PPPs that is consistent with the long-term, concession-based PPPs being used in the United States, and identifies the benefits of PPPs used both in the United States and abroad.

  4. The Growing Use of PPPs in the United States

    This section describes the unprecedented use of PPPs in the United States over the last few years, which is evidenced by: (i) the execution of long-term concessions for the operation and maintenance of existing toll facilities, (ii) the procurement of PPPs for the design, construction, financing, operation and maintenance of new transportation capacity and capital improvements, (iii) the growing number of states that are adopting legislation enabling PPPs, and (iv) the availability of more Federal programs facilitating PPPs.

  5. PPPs Respond to Transportation Policy Failures

    This section demonstrates that the growing number of PPPs in the United States over the last few years responds to failures of the traditional approaches to transportation funding and procurement.

  6. Managing Risk in PPPs

    While acknowledging that PPPs pose certain risks, this section demonstrates that these risks are manageable, and that properly structured PPPs can meaningfully reduce public sector exposure, as compared to traditional procurement approaches.

  7. Conclusion

  8. Glossary of Terms

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