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North Tarrant Express Segments 1 and 2A

North Tarrant Express Segments 1 and 2A
Project Type: 
Roadways and Bridges
Sponsor / Borrower: 
Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)
NTE Mobility Partners, LLC (the Concession Company and TIFIA borrower)
Credit Agreement Status: 
Active
TIFIA Assistance: 
$650 million
Primary Revenue Pledge: 
User Charges
Project Cost Details: 

$2.047 billion

Duration / Status: 

Commercial close (Comprehensive Development Agreements [CDA] execution) occurred on June 23, 2009. Construction began in October 2010, and substantial completion reached was on October 4, 2014.

Fiscal Year Closed: 
FY2010
Project Description: 

The first Concession CDA includes the design, development, construction, finance, maintenance, and operation of 13 miles along Interstate (IH) 820 (Segment 1) and State Highway (SH) 121/SH 183 from IH 35W to SH 121, from north of Fort Worth to just southwest of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (Segment 2A). The duration of the concession is 52 years.  The existing highway includes two general purpose lanes in each direction. Proposed improvements include three general purpose lanes in each direction with two managed lanes in each direction for a total of 10 lanes with frontage roads for future traffic volumes.

The second CDA for Segments 2-4 includes developing master plans for the remainder of the corridors along SH 183 from SH 121 to SH 161 (Segment 2E), IH 820 east from SH 121/SH 183 south to Randol Mill Road (Segment 4), and along IH 35W from IH 30 to SH 170 in Tarrant and Dallas counties (Segments 3A, 3B, and 3C), as well as other facilities for connectivity, safety, and financing.

As a result of the master planning activities, TxDOT and the concessionaire entered into a Facility Agreement to construct Segment 3A and operate and maintain this segment as well as Segment 3B, which is being constructed by TxDOT. When all phases are completed, the Project will comprise 36 miles of managed lanes.

Segments 1 and 2 of the North Tarrant Expressway project will add general purpose lanes, managed lanes and frontage roads to increase capacity and reduce congestion. Further, the managed lanes leverage an electronic toll collection system to prevent bottlenecking at collection points, reducing potential collisions from sudden stoppages. Based on information from the Project Sponsor, the use of TIFIA financing allowed for the realization of these benefits 6 years sooner and at a cost approximately $510 million lower than conventional financing methods would have allowed.

Funding Sources: 
  • Private Activity Bond Proceeds: $398M
  • TIFIA Loan: $650M
  • Public Funds: $573M
  • Equity Contribution: $426M
Project Delivery / Contract Method: 

DBFOM (Design-Build-Finance-Operate-Maintain)

Project Participants: 
NTE Mobility Partners, LLC (the Concession Company): Cintra Concesiones de Infraestructuras de Transporte, S.A. Meridiam Infrastructure Dallas Police and Fire Pension System
Other Private Partners: Ferrovial Agromán S.A. W.W. Webber, LLC Earth Tech, Inc. Maunsell Australia Proprietary Limited Aguirre & Fields, LP Ross Communications CSJ Engineering Assoc.
Project Advisors / Consultants: 

To the Borrower:

  • Financial Advisor: J.P. Morgan Securities, Inc.
  • Financial Advisor: Macquarie Capital (USA) Inc.
  • Counsel to the Concession Company: White & Case LLP
  • Counsel to the Concession Company: Bracewell & Giuliani LLP
  • Sponsor's Traffic Consultant: AECOM Enterprises
  • Lenders' Traffic Advisor: Hatch Mott MacDonald
  • Independent Engineer: CH2M Hill, Inc.

To USDOT TIFIA JPO

  • TIFIA Legal Advisor: Hawkins Delafield & Wood, LLP
  • TIFIA Financial Advisor: Montague DeRose and Associates, LLP/High Street Consulting Group, LLC
Project Lender(s): 
Bondholders, USDOT TIFIA
TIFIA Credit Assistance Detail: 

Direct loan: $650 million. The TIFIA loan will be repaid with project revenues, which include all income, tolls, revenues, rates, fees, charges, rentals, or other receipts derived by or related to the operation of the Project.

Financial Status: 
The TIFIA credit agreement was executed in December 2009. Interest payments are set to begin in 2019 and principal payments are anticipated to start in 2034; final loan maturity expected to occur in 2049.
Innovations: 
  • When completed, this project will have a state-of-the-art electronic toll collection system with open architecture, ensuring a seamless, free flow operation of the managed lanes.
  • Innovative financing package including PABs and TIFIA credit assistance. Only the second PABs issuance ever under the $15 billion of authority provided to DOT by SAFETEA-LU.
  • The first transportation infrastructure project in the US to reach financial close with direct investment by a pension fund.
Project Contacts: 

Renee Lamb 
TxDOT North Tarrant Express Project Manager 
Tel: (817) 710-0621

Belen Marcos 
Chief Executive Officer, NTE Mobility Partners LLC
Tel: (817) 710-0502

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