Delivering the Benefits of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law
Thought Leadership Series - July-November 2023
“90% of projects under this infrastructure package will be built by state, Tribal, and local governments. And we recognize that, as federal partners…our role…is to help make sure that those project sponsors succeed.”
―U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg
Since President Biden signed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), the Biden-Harris Administration has hit the ground running to take advantage of this once-in-a-generation opportunity to rebuild our nation’s infrastructure—and is already delivering major progress. Tens of thousands of projects have been funded in thousands of communities in all 50 states, D.C., and territories. Now these projects need to be built on time, on task, and on budget.
U.S. DOT is committed to partnering with federal, Tribal, state, and local project sponsors to speed up project delivery and thereby maximize and accelerate the benefits of BIL. The Project Delivery Center of Excellence is one of the critical tools U.S. DOT is using to achieve such success.
This series was designed for BIL project sponsors and other members of the transportation enterprise working hard to help deliver infrastructure projects. The series provided perspectives from experts on best practices for project delivery and successful projects that make the transportation system safer, usher in a new era of clean energy and sustainable transportation, promote equity, connect communities, create good-paying jobs, and boost American manufacturing.
Key series themes included:
Best practices in project delivery and lessons learned
Identifying and managing common project delivery risks
Municipal innovation in project delivery
Embedding equity in project delivery
Using NEPA review to define and shape better projects
Accelerating project delivery through innovative procurement, partnerships, and financing methods
Sponsored by the U.S. DOT Project Delivery Center of Excellence
Hosted by the U.S. DOT Volpe Center and moderated by U.S. DOT Volpe Center Director Anne D. Aylward, this series was sponsored by the new U.S. DOT Project Delivery Center of Excellence.
Series Final Report
View the final report.
Pete Buttigieg, U.S. Transportation Secretary
Bent Flyvbjerg, First BT Professor and Inaugural Chair of Major Programme Management, University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School and Villum Kann Rasmussen Professor and Chair of Major Program Management, IT University of Copenhagen
Paula Hammond, Chair, American Road and Transport Builders Association (ARTBA) & Senior Vice President, WSP USA
Carlos M. Braceras, Executive Director, Utah Department of Transportation .
Kyle Wagenschutz, Urban Mobility Planner, City Thread
Eric C. Macfarlane, First Deputy Commissioner, New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC)
Todd Gloria, Mayor, San Diego, CA
Stephanie Wiggins, Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro)
Emmanuella Myrthil, Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA)
Nancy Daubenberger, Transportation Commissioner, Minnesota
Kammy Horne, Senior Vice President of Development and Planning, VIA Metropolitan Transit, San Antonio, TX
Megan Blum, Director for the Office of Environmental Programs, Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
Emily Biondi, Associate Administrator for Planning, Environment, and Realty, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
Accelerating Project Delivery through Innovative Procurement, Partnerships, and Financing Methods: Part 1
Adie Tomer, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
Maria C. Lehman, PE, ENV SP, F.ASCE, President, American Society of Civil Engineers
Dr. Morteza Farajian, Executive Director, U.S. DOT Build America Bureau
Accelerating Project Delivery through Innovative Procurement, Partnerships, and Financing Methods: Part 2
Susan Shaw, PE, DBIA, CCM, Vice President, Subject Matter Expert – Major Program Development, ATCS
Brad Wieferich, Director, Michigan Department of Transportation
Mike Johnson, Sr. Vice President – Infrastructure Market & Strategy, Kiewit
Wes Moore, Governor, Maryland
Christopher Puchalsky, Ph.D., Director of Policy and Strategic Initiatives, City of Philadelphia, Office of Transportation, Infrastructure, and Sustainability
Thomas Nissalke, Ph.D., Assistant General Manager of Planning and Development, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
*The views of the speakers may not represent the views of U.S. DOT.