Public-private partnerships are a much misunderstood and still-evolving innovation in transportation infrastructure. Viewed with great suspicion by some as a ‘selling off’ of public goods, it is viewed with great enthusiasm by others as a source of additional revenues. In Massachusetts, we see public-private partnerships through the lens of recent projects that used private sector participation. This study seeks to examine several of those recent projects to learn about the private sector’s role and its impact on the project.
About John Miller
Dr. John B. Miller's career has spanned the legal and academic worlds, focusing on practical business, legislative, and contractual solutions to the world's burgeoning infrastructure needs. He graduated from MIT in 1974 with a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering and a Master's degree in Soil Mechanics. In 1977, Dr. Miller received his J.D. from the Boston University School of Law and Master's in Law in Taxation from the same school in 1982.
Life-cycle delivery of infrastructure projects demands our attention. As the Commonwealth faces the interlocking threats of massive finding deficits, creeping levels of deferred maintenance, and unabated demands for expansion, public-private partnerships (PPPs) offer some potential relief.