Panel Named to Review Public-Private Transportation Partnerships

Panel Named to Review Public-Private Transportation Partnerships

Nearly four years after the law passed calling for its creation, appointments were announced by the Patrick administration to a panel charged with reviewing certain public-private partnerships on transportation infrastructure projects.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation announced that Governor Deval Patrick appointed four members for two-year terms. They are former Congressman John Olver of Amherst, Massachusetts Organization of State Engineers and Scientists President Joseph Dorant of Saugus; MassDOT Board member Alan Macdonald of Winchester, and Valmo Ventures Chair and CEO Valerie Mosley of Weston.

The other members of the Special Public-Private Partnership Infrastructure Commission are Radcliffe Institute senior project advisor David Luberoff, appointed by Senate President Therese Murray; Seagull Consulting principal and former Boston Transportation Commissioner John Vitigliano, appointed by Speaker Robert DeLeo; and Treasurer Steven Grossman’s appointee, 495/MetroWest Partnership Deputy Director Jessica Strunkin.

Under a 2009 transportation reform law, the commission must offer its written approval before MassDOT may issues requests for proposal for a public-private agreement involving transportation infrastructure design, construction, financing, operation and maintenance services.

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