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Private Sector Participation

FTA encourages the consideration of the private sector in the development and implementation of transportation improvements, following Sections 49 U.S.C. 5315 and 20013 of MAP-21. Early involvement of the private sector can bring creativity, efficiency, and capital to address complex transportation problems facing state and local governments.

There are numerous opportunities where the private sector can engage in the public transportation industry, ranging from private operators participating in the planning and transportation improvement program process to a public-private partnership, in which a private firm participates in the design, building, finance, operation, and maintenance aspects of a transit facility. Other examples of private sector participation include Joint DevelopmentCapital Leasing, and Third Party Contracting.

To provide private industry, grantees, and others with information on opportunities for private sector participation in public transportation, we encourage you to learn more through the information and resources below.

Private Sector Participation in Current Authorization (MAP-21)

Private Sector Participation Background


U.S. Department of Transportation

Federal Transit Administration

Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP)

Private Sector/Industry/Academia

Updated: Friday, August 4, 2017
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