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CTC Issues Draft Guidelines for California P3 Program

By: Fredric W. Kessler

The California Transportation Commission (CTC) has issued draft policy guidelines for implementation of public-private partnerships (P3s) under Section 143 of the Streets and Highways Code. Section 143, which was amended by Senate Bill 4 in February, authorizes the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and regional transportation agencies to develop transportation projects through P3 delivery methods.[1] The draft guidelines, issued July 31, 2009, address the CTC's role in selecting P3 projects from candidate projects nominated by Caltrans or regional transportation agencies.

The CTC will discuss the guidelines as agenda item 33 at its August 12-13 meeting in Sacramento, California. Comments may be emailed to or faxed to 916-653-2134 prior to the meeting. The comments will be entered into the record, provided to the CTC Commissioners and distributed to the audience at the meeting. In addition, audience members are invited to ask questions and provide feedback during the meeting.

The complete version of the draft CTC guidelines is available at:


Fredric Kessler is a Partner in the Infrastructure Practice Group.  Mr. Kessler has extensive experience with innovative procurement and project delivery methods as well as negotiated agreements and is listed in Chambers USA 2008 as one of the nation's top infrastructure attorneys.  He can be reached at 213.612.7829 or


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