California P3s: One Step Closer To Implementing Program
Posted in Legislation, P3s

California is serious about using its new legislative authority to deliver some of the state’s much-needed transportation projects through public-private partnerships (P3s). On August 12, 2009, the California Transportation Commission issued draft guidelines addressing the Commission’s role in approving the P3 delivery method for specific projects.

The draft guidelines follow the California legislature’s momentous enactment of Senate Bill 4, referred to as SBX2 4.  That bill authorizes Caltrans and regional transportation agencies to enter into P3s for transportation projects.  Prior to commencing the procurement of a proposed P3 project, Caltrans or a regional transportation agency must first nominate the project and receive Commission approval.  The draft policy guidance issued by the Commission discusses the process for obtaining the requisite project approvals from the Commission.

The guidelines are still in draft form and will be considered by the Commission at a meeting this fall. While the guidelines may be revised prior to becoming final, interested agencies and P3 industry participants will want to keep an eye on the provisions related to the scope of the Commission’s approval, timing and mandated components of the reports required to be submitted to the Commission as well as the impact these policies will have on the timing and structure of a P3 procurement.

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