March 13, 2015


A New Way of Building, Managing and Financing Transportation Infrastructure


1:40 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.


1605 Tilia, Room 1103, West Village


A new generation of highway and transit delivery is arriving, and private infrastructure developers are playing an expanding role. Private companies have designed and constructed highways and transit systems for decades. The new infrastructure developers do much more, including operating and maintaining facilities, and providing financing. The presentation will examine the key drivers of this new model, which include the bundling of transportation facilities and services with service information delivered to mobile and desktop devices, emerging options for shared use and autonomous vehicles, and financing and managerial challenges facing traditional government service providers. The presentation will also discuss the opportunities and challenges presented by public-private partnerships and other key features of the new infrastructure service developers.

Biographical Sketch

Jonathan Gifford is a professor of transportation policy at George Mason University and director of the Center for Transportation Public-Private Partnership Policy ( His research focuses on transportation finance, planning and policy. He received his Ph.D. in transportation engineering from U.C. Berkeley. The Center focuses on developing evidence about the performance of transportation facility and service delivery, building the capacity of public agencies to assess and utilize new delivery models, and educating transportation researchers and professionals.

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