As the cost of providing public infrastructure projects continue to rise, the Regional Transportation District (RTD) is looking at innovative financing options for delivering the FasTracks program within the general scope, timeframe and financial capacity approved by voters in 2004. Public-Private Partnerships, or PPPs as they are often called, is one concept that RTD is pursuing in the implementation of FasTracks. A PPP is described by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) as a contract wherein a single private entity, typically a consortium of private companies, is responsible and financially liable for performing all or a significant number of functions in connection with a project.
PPPs have a solid reputation for delivering projects on time and on budget. The Transportation Expansion (T-REX) Project, which was RTD and the Colorado Department of Transportation's combined light rail and highway expansion project along the southeast I-25 corridor, was delivered as a Design-Build project - a type of PPP. T-REX did, in fact, finish on time and on budget.
RTD is planning to utilize PPPs to implement many of the FasTracks projects including Denver Union Station, North Metro and I-225 corridors, as well as the East Corridor, Gold Line and commuter rail maintenance facility projects.
Three projects have been collectively accepted by the FTA as part of its Public-Private Partnership Pilot Program (Penta-P). To learn more about the Penta-P project and the East corridor, Gold Line, and commuter rail maintenance facility, please click here.
RTD held an PPP Industry Forum in 2008, to inform the contracting community about the P3 Project. The forum comprised three elements, each with the objective of sharing relevant and timely information with interested parties. To learn about the elements presented and to view or download resource materials from the forum click here.
As RTD has been developing the Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Eagle P3 Project, Stakeholders were asked to participate in an online survey designed to seek input into the RFP. Staff evaluated the input and determined what is appropriate to incorporate into the RFP. Click here for a summary of the P3 RFP Input Survey.