Dulles Toll Road Could Be Run By Private Firm

The Virginia Department of Transportation today (Friday) received four competing conceptual proposals under the Public-Private Transportation Act to maintain and operate the Dulles Toll Road in Northern Virginia.

The Post wrote about one of them today. washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/10/27/AR2005102702248.htmlwww.

Here is the VDOT news release on all four:

RICHMOND, Oct. 28, 2005 - The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) received today four (4) competing conceptual proposals under the Public-Private Transportation Act (PPTA) to maintain and operate the Dulles Toll Road in Northern Virginia.

"One of our key goals has been to bring competition and private capital to our transportation program," said Transportation Secretary Pierce Homer. "We are doing that in a measured and open process."

Competitors had 90 days to submit proposals after an unsolicited conceptual proposal was submitted July 15, 2005 by Dulles Corridor Mobility Consortium, consisting of Autostrade Group, John Laing plc and the Infrastructure Investment Group LLC. The group submitted an updated version of its proposal today, including adding the Macquarie Infrastructure Group to their team.

The competing proposals submitted by today's deadline are:

Dulles Express LLC, consisting of Franklin L. Haney Company LLC, Louis Berger Group, Cofiroute USA, Infrastructure Corporation of America, TransCore, Merrill Lynch and McGuirewoods Consulting

Virginia Mobility Associates LLC, consisting of Urban Engineers Inc.

Dulles SmartLink, consisting of Transurban, Goldman Sachs & Co., Fluor Virginia Inc. and
VMS Inc.

Cintra, consisting of Cintra US Corp., Ferrovial Agroman, S.A. and Hatch Mott MacDonald LLC

Proposals will be posted on VDOT's Web site, www.VirginiaDOT.org, by the end of next week.

VDOT has up to 30 days to conduct a quality control evaluation of the proposals. The next step would be for the proposals to be reviewed by an independent review panel, which is heavily weighted towards public participation.

For more information on the PPTA process and guidelines, go to VDOT's Web site listed above.

By Steve Fehr |  October 28, 2005; 7:40 PM ET  | Category:  Transportation
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