search

UMD    CORE





In a collaboration led by independent nonprofit research and development organization Battelle, three Maryland Transportation Institute (MTI) affiliates will spend the next year building a database of information related to public private partnerships (P3s) to bolster transportation project decisions and public policy. The project is funded by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

State transportation departments are increasingly turning to P3s to modernize and expand the nation’s network of roads, bridges, rail, and ports. The financing model was also at heart of the White House infrastructure proposal unveiled in February.

“If done well, collaborating with the private sector on major transportation projects can yield greater net investment and tap into management efficiencies,” said University of Maryland (UMD) Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Associate Professor Qingbin Cui, the project PI. “However, these collaborations are complex and won’t be appropriate for every project.”

To help state and local governments know when and how best to engage in P3s, the MTI and Battelle team will build an open-access, web-based database of past projects.

“We often work on these types of useful projects for the federal government, and we’re happy to have the University of Maryland as teammates on this project,” said Battelle Research Leader Bill Perez.

The platform will bring together implementation and outcome data from existing repositories, such as the FHWA’s Center for Innovative Finance Support website and the IJGlobal database. It will also include information from UMD’s Center for Advanced Transportation Technology Laboratory, the largest big data transportation center in the world.

The development team will supplement higher-level data available through existing sources with nine case studies. Representing a swath of P3 designs, these will feature detailed information on procurement selection, implementation, and long-term performance.

“We know from past projects that the usefulness of databases like this is about much more than just the data,” said Lei Zhang, Herbert Rabin Distinguished Professor, MTI director, and project co-PI. “One of our first tasks will be to stand up a stakeholder group of FHWA staff, state and local agency representatives, and other database users to ensure that all products, guidance, and training materials align with their needs.”

Cui, Zhang, and Perez and his team at Battelle are joined on the project by UMD Professor Paul Schonfeld, who earlier this year received the James Laurie Prize in recognition of his contributions to the advancement of transportation engineering. Chenfeng Xiong, Eirini Kastrouni, Chengyuan Diao, and Eric Ji will each lead facets of the project.



Related Articles:
MTI App that Rewards Smart Commuting Featured in Washington Post, City Lab
It's Not (Just) About the Destination
The App that Fights Congestion, Emissions
State, university officials celebrate launch of newly formed, cross-discipline transportation institute
Hogan Administration Launches Work Group to Pursue MTI Recommendations for a Possible Autonomous Technology Center
Tapping into the Largest Transportation Big Data Archive Is Easier than Ever

June 19, 2018


«Previous Story  

 

 

Current Headlines

Pines: Stand in Solidarity, Unite Against Injustice

Promoting Diversity and Addressing Unconscious Bias

UMD Student Wins First Place in AIAA Region I Student Conference Paper Competition

Congratulations to Aerospace Engineering’s 2020 Honors and Award Recipients

Girguis Sedkey Receives Aerospace Distinguished Alumni Scholarship

Laura Paquin Awarded 2020 Alexander Brown Scholarship and Leadership Award

James Hall Receives Outstanding Engineering Co-op/Intern Award

Two Engineers Among 2020-2021 Distinguished Scholar-Teachers

UMD names Derek Paley as a 2020–2021 Distinguished Scholar-Teacher

Dr. Aileen Hentz Receives Clark School of Engineering’s 2019-20 Student Advising Award

 
 
Back to top  
CORE Home Clark School Home UMD Home Aerospace Engineering