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BROADBAND PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP (P3)

BROADBAND PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP (P3)

PROJECT OVERVIEW

On May 31, 2016, Pennsylvania’s Public-Private Transportation Partnership Board approved the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission’s proposal to pursue a public-private partnership (P3) agreement with a private entity to install a fiber optic network within its right-of-way. The network will accommodate the Commission’s existing and future data communication needs and will allow the private entity to generate revenue from third party broadband customers. One development entity will be responsible to design, build, finance and maintain the fiber optic infrastructure. The network will provide connectivity for the Commission’s administrative buildings, tolling systems, intelligent transportation systems, and connected and autonomous vehicle applications.

The P3 option is being utilized because it is expected to result in cost savings to the Commission as a result of the private sector’s ability to generate revenue from the project by marketing communications services to third parties.

Questions from interested parties should be directed to the project email account: BroadbandP3@paturnpike.com


PROJECT UPDATE

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) appreciates the industry participation in developing its Broadband Public-Private Partnership (P3) Project. Following is a project update:

  • The Commission has appointed new project leaders, Robert Taylor, P.E., PTOE, Acting Chief Information Officer and Kevin Scheurich, P.E., Senior Engineer Project Manager.
  • Based on feedback from the industry forum, the PTC has refined and limited the scope to improve the alignment of the project with the industry and avoid substantive revisions and delays after the issuance of the RFQ.
  • The Commission is evaluating projected operating and maintenance savings that may result from the Project realignment and a potential subsidy to enhance project feasibility.

As the PTC continues to develop the Preliminary Information Memorandum (PIM) in anticipation of an end of April release to the industry, the schedule is also being refined. The Commission will seek feedback from the industry on the project scope and structure by the end of May. The release of a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is expected to be issued in early July 2017.

Please continue to direct any questions or comments regarding the project to: BroadbandP3@paturnpike.com


INDUSTRY FORUM

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission hosted an Industry Forum to present its Broadband Public-Private Partnership (P3) project and receive input from the industry. The Forum was held on January 18, 2017 at 10:00 AM at the Best Western Premier, 800 East Park Drive, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 17111. The purpose of the Industry Forum was to solicit feedback from the broadband industry prior to the Commission’s development of a Request for Qualifications.

The Commission also honored requests for individual meetings on January 18th and 19th to receive direct feedback from organizations (firms or consortia) that have undertaken projects of similar or greater scale or have the capability to do so.

Click here for the Industry Forum announcement.

Click here for the list of attendees at the Industry Forum.


CONTACT US/ SIGN-UP FOR UPDATES

To receive updates on the Broadband P3 project, please fill out the form below.

Please direct any questions regarding the project to BroadbandP3@paturnpike.com


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