Public-Private Partnerships

May 2, 2016, 12pm PDT
Philadelphia's Franklin Square will require admission in the evening this spring, for the duration on a Chinese lantern festival. A critic faults the "philosophy of privatism" for robbing the park of its democratic qualities.
The Philadelphia Inquirer
May 2, 2016, 9am PDT
Elizabeth River Tunnels, a complex project involving a new tunnel, rehabilitating two existing tunnels, and extending an expressway, is financed by a public-private partnership that includes tolls that Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) called "exorbitant."
PBS NewsHour
March 31, 2016, 10am PDT
Chicago has set lofty goals to become a leader in the next-generation technology and infrastructure of the global future.
World Business Chicago
March 8, 2016, 12pm PST
A public-private partnership to build a large tollway south of Houston has taken important first steps. Construction will commence later this year.
Houston Chronicle
February 10, 2016, 9am PST
Fairly or unfairly, Des Moines has a solid reputation as one of the nation's least interesting cities. But unbeknownst to the rest of us, this quiet working town might become the Midwest's answer to Austin, Texas.
Politico
February 7, 2016, 1pm PST
Last month N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed that Empire Station replace Penn Station, but many challenging parts, e.g., the Hudson River Tunnels, moving Madison Square Garden, could derail it. A related piece delves into the prior ARC tunnel project.
Fox Business
February 4, 2016, 5am PST
It's still a longshot for full-scale production, but a unique research partnership has produced a unique example of biomimicry: a wind turbine that borrows from palm trees to achieve new levels of energy production.
ASME
January 2, 2016, 1pm PST
Eight Chicago universities have agreed to engage with the city and local communities as they invest in their neighborhoods. The hope is to increase opportunities for employment and economic growth.
Urban Institute
December 16, 2015, 7am PST
A public-private partnership could bring new development to some of the parking lots outside the home of the Texas Rangers. It's not the first grand plan to get floated for the ballpark's ancillary areas.
The Dallas Morning News
December 6, 2015, 11am PST
Similar to high-speed rail projects throughout the nation, Amtrak will be looking to the private sector to help pay a portion of the expected $20 billion tab to build two new tunnels under the Hudson River and expand New York's Penn Station.
Reuters
November 15, 2015, 11am PST
Faced with more than 4,000 structurally deficient bridges, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has an innovative repair plan.
Pittsburg Post-Gazette
November 6, 2015, 12pm PST
A public-private partnership to build a tunnel connecting Norfolk with the city of Portsmouth under the Elizabeth River in Virginia has gone awry, saddling the public with increasing costs and, likely, more expenses in the future.
The Washington Post
October 26, 2015, 8am PDT
You will be forgiven for thinking you are looking at an East Coast commuter rail line: It's electrified with level boarding, mostly 15-minute headways, with bike and luggage racks, operating 22 hours a day from Denver's Union Station to the airport.
The Denver Post
September 15, 2015, 12pm PDT
The number of social impact bond programs in the United States has expanded quickly, to eight, with examples found in Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Utah, and, now, California.
Governing
September 5, 2015, 1pm PDT
With five days left in the legislative season, Gov. Jerry Brown halved the fuels tax increases proposed in the Democratic bill as a sweetener to tax-averse Republicans, though they haven't show any willingness to date to compromise.
San Jose Mercury News
June 21, 2015, 1pm PDT
Transportation for America recaps the first meeting in three years by the House Ways and Means Committee to address transportation funding. Chairman Paul Ryan decried the $63 billion bailout of the Highway Trust Fund but ruled out a gas tax hike.
T4America Blog
June 3, 2015, 9am PDT
The state of North Carolina joins the roster of states working with the private sector to invest in highway infrastructure around growing urban areas.
Infra Insight
May 30, 2015, 1pm PDT
Bay Area Bike Share will grow from 700 to 7,000 bikes by 2017 after the expansion proposal was approved by a unanimous vote of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. It is a regional, not a city program, though most usage is in San Francisco.
Metropolitan Transportation Commission
May 29, 2015, 11am PDT
Eager for downtown development, Kansas City signed a deal subsidizing Cordish Companies to the tune of $295 million. The rejuvenated district should be self-sustaining. So why is the city still funding Cordish?
Next City
May 26, 2015, 10am PDT
The Portsmouth Bypass will provide Ohio's first test case of public-private partnership on a major transportation project. As such, the news about the project's ballooning costs could have been better.
The Columbus Dispatch