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Technical Assistance

Office of Innovative Program Delivery -The Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA’s) Office of Innovative Program Delivery provides tools, expertise, and financing to help the transportation community explore and implement innovative strategies to deliver major highway investment projects. The Office provides technical assistance and resources to include the "following:

P3 Tools

P3 Project Financing Guide
The Build America Bureau, in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration’s Center (FHWA) for Innovative Finance Support, has released a guide on Financing of Highway Public-Private Partnership Projects. This guide has been developed for public sector transportation professionals interested in understanding the basic financial structures that may be encountered in a Public-Private Partnership (P3) project. The guide is available at: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/ipd/p3/toolkit/publications/.

This guide was developed in response to requirements under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) and the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act to develop best practices and tools for P3s. The guide is part of a P3 Toolkit consisting of tools and guidance documents to assist in educating transportation professionals as well as public sector policymakers, and legislative and executive staff. The objective of the guide is to increase the readers’ knowledge and understanding of the concepts and skills needed to finance transportation projects using a P3 approach. The guide describes many standard techniques used to conduct a P3 financial assessment.

Revenue Risk Sharing for Highway Public-Private Partnerships
The Build America Bureau, in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Center for Innovative Finance Support, has released a discussion paper on Revenue Risk Sharing for Highway Public-Private Partnerships.  This discussion paper has been developed for transportation professionals who may be involved in a Public-Private Partnership (P3) project. The paper is available at: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/ipd/p3/toolkit/publications/.

During the last decade, several U.S. P3s experienced significant financial stress requiring restructuring. Lately, some private concessionaires have avoided revenue risk P3s, preferring those in which public agencies retain the responsibility for revenues, typically through availability payments. To ensure robust private participation in U.S. P3s – and explore whether there is a “middle ground” between availability payment and revenue risk toll P3s – the Build America Bureau and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) are publishing this paper to foster a discussion about sharing downside revenue risk between the public and private partners. The discussion paper evaluates revenue risk sharing mechanisms from both the public and private sector perspectives, applying four criteria -- value for money, fiscal impacts, financeability and ease of implementation.

Use of Performance Requirements for Design and Construction in Public-Private Partnerships
The Build America Bureau, in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Center for Innovative Finance Support, has released a discussion paper on Use of Performance Requirements for Design and Construction in Public-Private Partnerships.  This discussion paper has been developed for transportation professionals who may be involved in procurement of a Public-Private Partnership (P3) project. The paper is available at: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/ipd/p3/toolkit/publications/.

Public agencies can maximize the opportunities for innovation when they allow the private sector reasonable flexibility to create efficient solutions while at the same time managing the associated risks. The public agency can provide this flexibility to stimulate innovations by specifying outcomes that align with the objectives of project stakeholders rather than mandating means and methods in their request for bid proposals. This paper discusses how a public agency can stimulate innovations to generate value with the use of performance requirements for design and construction of P3 projects.

Information Report on Public-Private Partnership Concessions In the United States
The Build America Bureau, in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Center for Innovative Finance Support, has released a Report on Highway Public-Private Partnership Concessions in the United States. This informational report has been developed for public sector transportation professionals interested in understanding the implementation process for Public-Private Partnership (P3) projects with a focus on financing strategies. The report is available at: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/ipd/p3/toolkit/publications/.

This report was developed in response to requirements under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) and the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act to develop best practices and tools for P3s. The objective of the report is to increase the readers’ knowledge and understanding of the concepts and skills needed to implement transportation projects using a P3 approach. The report describes 28 highway P3s that have been implemented in the United States since 1992.

  • Successful Practices For P3s report, released in March 2016. This report describes how public-private partnerships (P3s) in the United States have been used to deliver transportation projects. Using real world examples, the report describes how public sponsors have successfully addressed critical P3 issues of legislation, policy, project identification, public outreach, procurement, and oversight. This report responds to both MAP-21 and the FAST Act, which call for the Department of Transportation to promote best practices for innovative financing and P3s.
  • P3 Toolkit to assist practitioners in considering and implementing public-private partnerships.
  • Training that can be tailored for state, regional, and local government officials interesting in learning about developing and evaluating potential P3 projects.
  • Project profiles describing key project financing features.

FTA Private Sector Participation - The Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) website provides:

  • Information on opportunities for private sector participation in public transportation
  • Resources for State and local governments interested in public private partnerships

StrongPorts Program - The Maritime Administration’s StrongPorts Program is designed to support improving port infrastructure in the United States, ensuring they are capable of meeting our future freight transportation needs to support our economy.  U.S. ports are critical links in the U.S. domestic and international trade supply-chain, serving as the hubs where goods we manufacture, grow, and buy are transferred between ocean going vessels, barges, trucks, trains and pipelines.

  • Integrating ports into the surface transportation system planning
  • Improving state of repair, capacity, efficiency, and environmental sustainability of all U.S. Ports
  • Improving port competitiveness for public (Federal, State, and local) and private funds through enhanced planning and engagement while supporting the execution of port projects by providing assistance

Toolkits

  • FHWA P3 Toolkit -The FHWA P3 Toolkit includes analytical tools and guidance documents to help you learn about implementation of P3 projects.
  • RRIF Toolkit - The FRA has made a number of resources available to help project sponsors interested in loans from the Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing program understand the application process and the information required for a successful application.
  • Public-Private Partnership Oversight: How FHWA Reviews P3s  - This guidance document is a reference to help State and local transportation agencies and the private sector understand how the FHWA conducts stewardship and oversight of Federal-aid projects where P3s are being considered or implemented.
  • Port Planning and Investment Toolkit - Experts from both the Department of Transportation and the American Association of Port Aurhorities developed this easy-to-execute toolkit.  Modules focus on planning, funding and executing projects.
Training

Model Contract Provisions for Toll Concessions

  • Guide to Model Contract Provisions for Toll Concessions  -  This Guide can serve as a resource for State and local governments to reference as they work with the private sector in advancing critical highway investments.   The guide includes a chapter-by-chapter discussion of the most significant provisions typically contained within contracts for P3 toll concessions.
    • Part 1  covers the core provisions of toll concession contracts.
    • Draft Part 2 covers additional provisions of toll concession contracts, has been posted in the Federal Register for public comment.
Updated: Monday, January 9, 2017
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