Legal Aspects of Transit and Intermodal Transportation Programs. Topic 20-01. Legal Issues in Transit Mega Projects--Case Studies

Transit mega projects may sometimes seem overwhelming in scope and complexity to lawyers who have not previously worked on such issues. Such projects are often federally funded, and in such cases the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and other agencies provides valuable advice and requirements for managing the projects, including specific legal provisions to include in contracts and intergovernmental agreements. However, many other terms and considerations for transit mega projects have been developed through experience. Some requirements for mega projects are not warranted for less costly or less complicated projects, but can serve as best practices for projects of all sizes. Therefore, this study should be of value to all transit lawyers representing public transportation agencies of all sizes. For purposes of this study, mega project is a project with an estimated total cost of $1 billion or more, as described in 49 U.S. Code § 5327 (f). Mega projects also include any projects supported with a loan or loan guarantee from the Transportation Infrastructure Financing and Innovation Act (TIFIA), regardless of project cost. The objective of this research is to produce a legal research digest that includes lessons learned from transit agencies, sample provisions from third party contracts and intergovernmental agreements to address legal issues, links to transactional documents, FTA guidance, instructive court or arbitration decisions, and other legal references.  


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $75000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project J-05, Topic 20-01

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Transit Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Chisholm-Smith, Gwen

  • Performing Organizations:

    Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell

  • Principal Investigators:

    Silverman, Suzanne

  • Start Date: 20201202
  • Expected Completion Date: 20211220
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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  • Accession Number: 01744479
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project J-05, Topic 20-01
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Jun 30 2020 11:13AM