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Session No. 8E

Session Title:  P3 (Public Private Partnerships) Projects — Federal Legislation and Local Project Updates

Session Description: Federal and State officials are looking for alternative design and procurement methods to complete necessary infrastructure projects. This session presents insights from the FHWA and local Pennsylvania (PennDOT and Turnpike) P3 projects.  Come hear the latest on P3 projects to understand how it will change how we conduct business in the present and future.

Moderator Name: Dan Corey, AECOM

Federal Insights on P3 and Alternative Delivery, Mark Sullivan, Director, Center for Innovative Finance Support, FHWA            

PA Turnpike P3 Fiber Optic Broadband Network, Neil Raup, Total Reconstruction Program Manager, Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and Dale Witmer, Project Manager, Michael Baker International       

PennDOT P3 Projects and P3 Office Updates, Mike Bonini, Director, Public-Private Transportation Partnerships Office, PennDOT        

Mark Sullivan directs the Center for Innovative Finance Support (CIF$), one of four component centers in the Office of Innovative Program Delivery of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). In this role, he oversees capacity building programs to help state and local transportation agencies develop financing solutions for challenging projects. A 24-year veteran of the US Department of Transportation (DOT), Sullivan previously led the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) credit program, which in his tenure provided $8 billion in Federal credit assistance to 21 projects worth $29 billion. He has also worked for public port agencies in Seattle and New York City. He is an awesomely loyal graduate of the University of Washington, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa with degrees in journalism and history. Sullivan holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Neil Raup is the Total Reconstruction Program Manager for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, where he has been employed for over 32 years. Raup graduated from Penn State with a bachelor’s degree in Structural Design and Construction Engineering Technology. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania and is a member of the American Society of Highway Engineers. Raup oversees the Commission’s Total Reconstruction Program which accounts for approximately $250 million of the capital program.

Dale Witmer is a project manager with Michael Baker International and specializes in planning, funding and procuring public infrastructure projects including transportation public-private partnerships. Before joining Michael Baker, he was the Deputy Director of PennDOT’s P3 Office and previously worked as a consultant in the areas of economic development, community planning, public infrastructure, communications networks and intelligent transportation systems. 

Michael Bonini is the Director of the Office of Public-Private Transportation Partnerships for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). In this role, Bonini is responsible for the evaluation, structuring and implementation of partnership delivery solutions that are consistent with PennDOT’s transportation goals. Of note, Bonini is leading the PennDOT team to manage and implement the Rapid Bridge Replacement project. Bonini has been with PennDOT for over 20 years, and until this appointment to the P3 Office, he served as the Research and State Transportation Innovation Council manager. Bonini received his undergraduate degree in Political Science/Public Policy from the University of Pittsburgh and his Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Baltimore.  



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The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4710

Phone: 814-865-1891