The Role for Public-Private Partnerships in Modernizing and Expanding Nebraska’s Transportation System
Business as usual will not deliver the infrastructure Nebraska needs to meet the mobility and goods movement needs of the 21st Century economy. Nebraska policymakers should embrace the considerable potential of the emerging public-private partnership (PPP) paradigm for highway funding and operations. PPPs have proven to be valuable tools in leveraging private capital, improving efficiencies, and managing and developing the transportation infrastructure and services that are the foundation of our economy. Thus far, Nebraska has failed to utilize the power of PPPs to help solve its transportation problems, as states like Florida, Virginia and Texas are doing. The choice for Nebraskans now is clear: higher taxes and fees, or partnerships with the private sector.