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Monday, December 9, 2013

Report knocks public-private agreements–includes I-95 express lanes


December 9, 2013

A recent report by the  Washington, D.C., advocacy group In the Public Interest paints an unseemly picture of public-private partnerships, something that in recent times has become quite the rave in various sectors, such as healthcare, utility services and prison systems.

But public-private partnerships also are big in transportation nowadays.

We have a big one right here in our neck of the woods–the Interstate 95 express lanes, the nearly $1 billion project that will extend the HOV lanes in the median of the interstate to Garrisonville.

Work continues on an I-95 express lanes ramp just south of State Route 234 in Prince William County on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013.

It’s hard to argue against having more lanes on I-95, but the agreement the state entered into on the I-95 and I-495 express lanes have stipulations that could backfire. (Click here for a recent Free Lance-Start story.) The stipulations in those agreements require the state to pay the private toll operators if a certain percentage of non-paying car-poolers use the toll lanes.

The most egregious cases in the report were related to such sectors as healthcare and prisons systems, but we should take heed of the express lanes agreements, because more such public-private projects will be coming down the pike.