The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) is exploring the possibility of entering into a public-private partnership (P3) with a developer to design, build, finance, operate and maintain a fiber optic broadband network within PTC’s right-of-way, for the benefit of PTC and its users, as well as for the benefit of the developer and its customers. The Commission is undertaking a two-stage procurement process to deliver the project. A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) has been issued to receive Statements of Qualifications (SOQs) from interested parties. The Commission will evaluate the SOQs received in response to the RFQ and will select, according to criteria generally outlined in the RFQ, the Short-listed Proposers, who alone shall be eligible to receive and respond to the RFP.

The RFQ and related documents are available on the Procurement page of the Commission’s website at the following link, listed as RFQ# 17-10350-7874:

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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 cashless tolling system, administrative buildings, tolling systems, intelligent transportation systems, and connected and automated 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:


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.