public-private partnerships

Chicago parking concession big win for investors, hard on curb management

By Michael Brenneis As reported by the Chicago Sun Times, the 2018 audit of the Chicago Parking Meters LLC (CPM) financial statement shows parking meter revenue of $132.7 million, down slightly from $134.2 million in 2017. In 2008, before the on-street parking lease to CPM began, and prior to a

A Bid for Better Transit (Transit Center and Eno Center for Transportation, 2017)

This report examines how governments can use contracting to improve their service for riders and take advantage of new technologies. However, they also caution that there are important considerations to safeguard the public interest and get the most from public-private transit partnerships. The

Shifting the transit-funding paradigm: Transit finance grows up

By Mary Ebeling Development of creative financing and new revenue sources for transportation projects remains a hot topic in transportation circles. Public-private partnerships exist in highway transportation, often using tolls as the revenue source to attract private investment. Transit P3s,

VA Supreme Court: Tunnel tolls are user fees, not taxes

By Robbie Webber In a ruling denounced by the Portsmouth business community and commuters, but applauded by VDOT, the Virginia Supreme Court unanimously overturned a ruling by a lower court that held the tolls imposed to pay for tunnel expansions and maintenance in Portsmouth are

Private transit funding, public good?

By Robbie Webber Businesses have been funding private employee shuttles and buses for some time, and subsidized or fully-funded transit passes have become a common employee benefit, but sneaker company New Balance may have set a new bar for transit subsidies. As part of a 14-acre development to

Demand for transit continues to grow; underfunded transit agencies work to meet the need

By Mary Ebeling While demand for public transit continues to grow nationally, transit agencies are facing decreasing federal and state aid. In response, cities and counties served by transit are working with the private sector and other public agencies to develop nontraditional partnerships for

Alternatives to the Public Funding and Operation of Colorado’s Rest Areas (Colorado DOT, 2013)

As Colorado DOT continues to close rest areas due to tight budgets, it should look for alternatives to fund their operation and maintenance. These alternatives include small-scale strategies such selling tourism related items or lottery tickets, and a large-scale strategy that includes

Michigan voters give green light to new bridge to Ontario

By Mary Ebeling There is an established need to address traffic congestion and improve operations at the Detroit, Michigan/Windsor, Ontario, Ambassador Bridge over the Detroit River – the busiest international border crossing in North America. Efforts to replace the bridge, or add a sister

Public Bikesharing in North America: Early Operator and User Understanding (Mineta Transportation Institute, 2012)

This study evaluates public bikesharing in North America, reviewing the advances in technology and major events during its rapid expansion. It looks at several angles, including current operational practices, business models, and environmental and social impacts in North America. Background

Bike sharing: An on-demand mobility solution

During the National Bike Summit, and the following day at a special session sponsored by FTA and NACTO, local officials and advocates heard about bike sharing best practices, research, funding opportunities, and updates from existing programs. Dr. Susan Shaheen from the Transportation