This commission was created by the legislature as part of Transportation Reform in 2009 and is responsible for reviewing and recommending public-private partnership opportunities for transportation infrastructure projects. Public Private Partnerships have been used across the world as an alternative way of procuring and financing projects that would otherwise require taxpayer funding.
Public Private Partnerships can be a powerful tool for the Commonwealth to work with the private sector to meet our transportation needs,” said Transportation Secretary Richard Davey. “We look forward to working with this distinguished group of experts to develop a strategy for unlocking the potential of private transportation financing while ensuring that the public receives the maximum possible benefit from these collaborative endeavors.”
Chaired by veteran transportation expert Alan Macdonald, the panel also includes former Congressman John Olver, Massachusetts Organization of State Engineers & Scientists President Joseph Dorant, Radcliffe Institute senior project advisor David Luberoff, Valmo Ventures Chair & CEO Valerie Mosley, David Salteil, Senior Counsel to Posternak Blankstein & Lund LLP and former Boston Transportation Commissioner John Vitagliano.
The mission of the Massachusetts Public-Private Partnership Oversight Commission is to facilitate the formation of public-private partnerships for transportation projects and services within the Commonwealth, where appropriate, and to raise the awareness of government and business stakeholders of the means by which their cooperation can cost effectively provide the public with much-needed transportation services and facilities. This includes working with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation in the development, facilitation and promotion of the use of innovative financing, design-build, and other public-private partnership tools, to encourage the broadest acceptance of the use of PPPs.