Pennsylvania Signs Privatization Bill

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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett signed House Bill 3, which would allow public-private partnerships (P3s) to be used to help fund transportation infrastructure projects.

The legislation gives Pennsylvania the ability to lease large-scale transportation assets to the private sector as a mechanism for raising funds for expansion and repair projects. Generally, P3 entities generate a return through user fees or tolling.
 
The law allows any state or local government entity to enter into a P3, subject to approval by a Public-Private Transportation Partnerships Board (PPTB Board). The legislature can block an approval by the PPTB Board if it acts within 20 calendar days or 9 legislative days.
 
Every transport facility in the state is open for a P3, except the Mainline of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, unless that is specifically permitted by new legislation.

 

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