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BOSTON – The Mass. Department of Transportation announced last week that a panel charged with exploring public-private partnerships to fund certain transportation infrastructure projects was slated to hold its first public meeting last week.
Created by the legislature through the Transportation Reform Act in 2009, the new Special Public-Private Partnership Infrastructure Commission is responsible for reviewing and recommending public-private partnership opportunities for transportation infrastructure projects
“Public-private partnerships can be a powerful tool for the Commonwealth to work with the private sector to meet our transportation needs,” Transportation Secretary Richard Davey said in a statement.
Chaired by veteran transportation expert Alan Macdonald, the panel also includes former Congressman John Oliver, Massachusetts Organization of State Engineers & Scientists President Joseph Dorant, Radcliffe Institute senior project adviser David Luberoff, Valmo Ventures Chairwoman and CEO Valerie Mosley, 495/MetroWest Partnership Deputy Director Jessica Strunkin, and former Boston Transportation Commissioner John Vitagliano. •