Congress to be briefed on privatizing and tolling public infrastructure

U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Highways

Financing Highway Infrastructure
Through Public Private Partnerships

Wednesday, May 24th @ 9:30 AM
Room 2167, Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, D.C. – A Congressional hearing on Wednesday will focus on the potential for utilizing public private partnerships to help meet future highway infrastructure financing needs. The hearing by the U.S. House Subcommittee on Highways, Transit and Pipelines, chaired by U.S. Rep. Tom Petri (R-WI), is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 24th in room 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. This hearing is intended to be the first in a series on this topic. A live webcast of the hearing will be available at the Committee’s website:

Wednesday’s Witness List
Panel I
– Honorable Mitch Daniels, Governor of Indiana (read about his culpability here)
– Honorable Tim Kaine, Governor of Virginia
Panel II
– Honorable Matthew Garrett, Director, Oregon Department of Transportation
– Bryan Grote, Principal, Mercator Advisors, LLC
– D.J. Gribbon, Director, Macquarie Holdings (USA) Inc.
– Mark Florian, Managing Director, Goldman, Sachs & Co
– Karen J. Hedlund, Partner, Nossaman, Guthner, Knox, Elliott, LLP
– John Foote*, Senior Fellow, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

*Note: John Foote from 1995-2005 was the co-founder and Executive Vice-President of Transcore, a transportation engineering company, specializing in “intelligent transportation systems and services,” such as electronic toll collection. Previously he was a managing partner for Lewis, Foote and Company in Philadelphia, a private investment partnership. He has also Managing Director of Chase Manhattan, Asia Ltd, in Hong Kong. He will be researching the US Department of Transportation’s vehicle-infrastructure-integration (VII) initiative. As a Senior Fellow, he will be consulting with Tony Gomez-Ibanez and with John Donahue]