Previous Issues

May 2014 - Volume 8, Issue 1

Roundtable

In this issue, our Roundtable discussion, moderated by Amine Stambouli, features Roddy Bogus, John Kasarda, and John Porcari as they provide a briefing on the aviation market while opining on Mr. Kasarda’s Aerotropolis concept.

Perspectives

The Perspectives section includes articles by our regular columnists, who articulate their viewpoints on public policy, finance, economics, and construction cost escalation on a recurring basis. The content of this section is time sensitive, i.e., the viewpoints expressed are based on the best available information as of April 2014 and are subject to change with evolving market conditions. Our columnists include Mort Downey (Transportation Policy), Peter Kydd (UK Economic Outlook), Heather Romani and Shayan Lotfi (US Economic Outlook), Brad Ship (Construction Economics), and Matthew Deery (P3 Outlook).

Articles

In the Articles section, Nathan Macek outlines several lessons learned for local entities seeking to find “local” match to secure federal funding; Nick Schmidt highlights the many benefits that can be realized by integrating transit, cycling, and walking considerations with street design; and Noel Berry provides an overview of the risk management process for large infrastructure projects.

December 2013 - Volume 7, Issue 2

Roundtable

In this 15th edition of EFR, our Roundtable discussion, moderated by Rolando Amaya, features three experienced Parsons Brinckerhoff leaders—David Alvarez, Mark Briggs, and Sallye Perrin—speaking about the challenges and opportunities associated with public-private partnerships (P3s).

Perspectives

The Perspectives section includes articles by our regular columnists, who articulate their viewpoints on public policy, finance, economics, and construction cost escalation on a recurring basis. The content of this section is time sensitive, i.e. the viewpoints expressed are based on the best available information as of December 2013 and are subject to change with evolving market conditions. Our columnists include Mort Downey (Transportation Policy), Jack Basso (Transportation Policy), Peter Kydd (UK Economic Outlook), Heather Romani and Shayan Lotfi (US Economic Outlook), Dr. Kumudu Gunasekera and Brad Ship (Construction Economics), and Matthew Deery (P3 Outlook).

Articles

In the Articles section, Dr. Julia Baker discusses her experiences with biodiversity offsetting in the UK; in the first of a two-part series on transit asset management best practice, Dr. Christian Roberts discusses the imminent launch of the International Standard for Asset Management and how this aligns with the requirements of MAP-21 in the US; Sean Libberton provides an analysis of the modern streetcar movement in the US, as it relates to federal opportunities and local challenges; Brian McMahon and Rowan Dick (Cockburn Coast development), and Dean Toomey (Logan Water Alliance) presents two innovative transportation planning case studies from Australia; and Fintan Geraghty reviews the latest thinking in the UK on issues relating the economic appraisals.

June 2013 - Volume 7, Issue 1

Roundtable

In this 14th edition of EFR, we revisit a discussion that was featured in our very first Roundtable (Volume 4, Issue 1, June 2010), which discussed the current and future state of US transportation infrastructure. This discussion, moderated by Rolando Amaya, includes some of Parsons Brinckerhoff’s senior thought leaders – namely David Gehr, Hal Kassoff, Steve Lockwood, and Roy Kienitz.

Perspectives

The Perspectives section includes articles by our regular columnists, who articulate their viewpoints on public policy, finance, economics, and construction cost escalation on a recurring basis. The content of this section is time sensitive, i.e., the viewpoints expressed are based on the best available information as of June 2013 and are subject to change with evolving market conditions. Our columnists include Mort Downey(Transportation Policy), Jack Basso (Transportation Policy), Peter Kydd (UK Economic Outlook), Heather Romani and Michael Rodriguez (US Economic Outlook), Kumudu Gunasekera and Brad Ship(Construction Economics), and Matthew Deery (P3 Outlook).

Articles

In the Articles section, Parsons Brinckerhoff ’s Global COO Greg Kelly explores “What If?” scenarios for integrated transport development. Brendan Young discusses the evolution of rail infrastructure in the Middle East; Timothy Thornton analyzes the growing trends of long-term service plaza concessions; Thomas Goodyer provides a synopsis of recent developments in rail franchising in UK and Europe; and Mark Briggs discusses potential challenges faced in using value capture revenues.

December 2012 - Volume 6, Issue 2

Roundtable

In this 13th edition of EFR, the Roundtable features three eminent transportation leaders discussing their experiences with leading federal and state transportation agencies. This discussion, moderated by Rolando Amaya, features Cliff Eby, the President of Parsons Brinckerhoff's Americas Transportation operating company; Ronald Freeland, a Principal Consultant with Parsons Brinckerhoff currently serving as part-time CEO of the Detroit Department of Transporation; and Barbara Reese, a Principal Consultant with Parsons Brinckerhoff.

Perspectives

The Perspectives section includes articles by our regular columnists, who articulate their viewpoints on public policy, economics, and construction cost escalation on a recurring basis. The content of this section is time sensitive, i.e. the viewpoints expressed in the articles are based on the best available information as of December 2012 and are subject to change with evolving market conditions. Our columnists include Mort Downey (Transportation Policy); Michael Rodriguez, Heather Romani, and Ira Hirschman (US Economic Outlook); Peter Kydd (UK Economic Outlook); Matthew Deery (P3 Outlook); and Kumudu Gunasekera and Brad Ship (Construction Economics).

Articles

In the Articles section, Paul Neal and Chris Cain introduce the notion of a "world city analysis," a new methodology for examining a city's competitive position and understanding where investment can be best targeted. Steve Lockwood and Alan Lubliner introduce an innovative strategic management framework developed by Parsons Brinckerhoff; Don Emerson analyzes MAP-21 and its implications on the new Starts process (and funding); Ira Hirschman and Mike Meyer provide a synopsis on methods to estimate the economic impact of disruptions to the goods movement system; Sasha Pejcic provides an overview of Ontario's P3 market; and Ismail Karatas discusses the vulnerability of US transportation infrastructure to extreme weather events, with emphasis on the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

June 2012 - Volume 6, Issue 1

Roundtable

For the 12th edition of EFR, the Roundtable features a lively discussion of the various mechanisms for generating funding for infrastructure projects at the local level. Topics discussed include regional taxing, public-private partnerships, value capture, tolling, and congestion pricing. This discussion, moderated by Rolando Amaya, features Jeff Morales, the recently appointed CEO of the California High Speed Rail Authority; Jared Smith, the Northwest Regional Business Manager for Parsons Brinckerhoff; and Jim Durrett, the Executive Director of the Buckhead Community Improvement District in Atlanta.

Perspectives

The Perspectives section includes articles by our columnists, who articulate their viewpoints on public policy, economics, and construction cost escalation on a recurring basis. The content of this section is time sensitive, i.e., the viewpoints articulated in the articles are based on the best available information as of June 2012 and are subject to change with evolving market conditions. Our columnists include Mort Downey (Transportation Policy), Michael Rodriguez and Heather Romani (US Economic Outlook), Peter Kydd (UK Economic Outlook), and Kumudu Gunasekera and Brad Ship (Construction Economics).

Articles

In the Articles section, Scudder Smith discusses the implications to the US of the Panama Canal Expansion project, which is scheduled for completion in 2014; Victoria Kelly provides an overview of the impending “drive-through revolution” (i.e., all-electronic tolling, often known as cashless tolling); Mark Briggs explores the notion of public sector financing mechanisms filling the private sector economic gap; Tara Weidner, Uri Avin, and Fred Ducca review, via a case study example, the impact of high energy costs on the future of transportation; and Jennifer Weeks, Shane Peck, and Eileen Barron explore the role of social media in the NEPA process.

December 2011 - Volume 5, Issue 2

Roundtable

This issue’s Roundtable addresses the most pertinent question: how to deliver projects in challenging economic times? This discussion, moderated by Rolando Amaya, features David Earley (U.S.), Simon Lawrence (U.K.), Ian Scholey (U.K.), and Phil Williams (Australia).

Perspectives

Perspectives includes articles by our regular columnists, who articulate their viewpoints on public policy, economics, finance, and cost escalation on a recurring basis. The content of this section is time sensitive, i.e., the viewpoints articulated in the articles are based on the best available information as of December 2011 and are subject to change with evolving market conditions. Our columnists include Mort Downey (Transportation Policy), Michael Rodriguez and Heather Romani (U.S. Economic Outlook), Peter Kydd (UK Economic Outlook), Kumudu Gunasekera and Brad Ship (Construction Economics), and Rolando Amaya (Public-Private-Partnership).

Articles

In the Articles section, Thierry Prate, Boris Lipkin, and Paul Neal explore the role of private sector participation in high-speed rail initiatives; Peter Kydd and Paul Willson review recent reforms in the UK’s electricity market; Andrew Pirie introduces an innovative risk-based approach to optimize asset replacements; Tim Thornton and Nick Amrhein discuss their experiences in implementing transportation value capture strategies; Mike Medve provides an overview of land-secured debt as a funding mechanism; Ira Hirschman analyzes the links between accessibility, economic productivity, and job growth; and Jessica Juriga and Nick Schmidt provide a summary of Washington, DC’s Livability Program.