Biden CEQ Finalizes New NEPA Rule, and States Sue

Uncertainty (and lawfare) over federal permitting for large public works is likely to continue in the coming months, as the Biden Administration and a coalition of mostly red states battle it out in court over a recent rulemaking. At the end of April, Biden Administration’s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) finalized a major overhaul of […]

Atlanta Express Lanes on the Move: I‐285 Board Vote, SR400 Proposals In

Georgia’s plans to develop express lanes along the top half of the Atlanta perimeter and along SR400 north of the city took significant steps forward in May. First, the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) accepted proposals from two bid teams for the SR400 project, which is the first of three massive express lane procurements that […]

I‐4 Ultimate Conflict of Interest Lawsuit Gets Ruling

The I-4 Ultimate project has been open since Spring 2022. Now, several years later, litigation between the project’s design-build joint venture partners may finally be coming to a resolution. In May, a federal district court in Orlando ruled in favor of Skanska and Granite Construction, two members of the joint venture, and ordered the third […]

The Problem with VMT Reduction Policy

Much-needed congestion-reduction projects in California are at risk of being cancelled, due to a little-noticed change that was legislated in 2013 but has taken about a decade to be fully implemented. SB 473 requires highway policy to no longer focus on its traditional goal of improving level of service (LOS), which often leads to widening […]

It’s Rush Hour for Lawsuits Over New York’s Congestion Pricing

If congestion pricing is going to work anywhere in the United States, it will probably be in lower Manhattan. At the end of June, New York’s long awaited, oft abandoned congestion pricing program is finally set to begin. That is, if there isn’t an injunction first. New York’s congestion pricing program is currently at the […]

LAWA Board Vote for LAX APM Cost/Schedule Claims

The board of Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) approved an additional $200 million to settle claims on the LAX Automated People Mover (APM) project in May, bring the total budget for the P3 to $2.9 billion. The new funding will help resolve a number of cost and schedule claims that have imperiled the near-complete rail […]

Determinants of Public-Private Partnership Governance Structures: Evidence from India

Original Study by Mahavadi Dhanshyam, Samir K Srivastava & Indranil Biswas. Public-private partnerships (PPPs) represent a continuum of governance structures characterized by wide variability in private sector risk transfer.  Despite the widespread adoption of PPPs, few studies examine the reasons for variability across governance structures.  This question provides the motivation for this paper which examines […]

Hamilton, Ontario Gets Light Rail, Heavy Politics

Amid local outcry, the city of Hamilton, Ontario has recommended a very short-duration operating concession for its multibillion dollar light rail project. The recommendation now goes to Metrolinx, which will be the public owner of the new transit line and has final say in the line’s operations. Still, local interest groups did not treat the […]