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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is a Public-Private Partnership (PPP)?

2. What are the different types of Public-Private Partnerships?

3. How will Metro determine which projects to deliver with the PPP method?

4. What are some examples of the kinds of partners Metro will be seeking to form Public-Private Partnerships?

5. How does a potential partner learn about potential opportunities for partnering with Metro?

6. How will Metro determine which partners to team with for Public-Private Partnerships?

7. Could Public-Private Partnerships lead to users being charged very high tolls or fares because private partners are involved in building and/or operating taxpayer funded roads and public transit?

8. Why haven’t PPP’s been used more extensively before in California?

9. What happens if a Public-Private Partnership project is an economic failure?

10. If foreign partners are involved in Metro’s Public-Private Partnership Program, could that lead to foreign control of our local infrastructure?

11. Who is in charge of a Public-Private Partnership project and who makes the critical decisions during construction and then later during operation?

12. Does the fact that a project is a Public-Private Partnership mean that the public will have less input into how the project is constructed or operated?

13. Under what circumstances do Public-Private Partnerships work best?

14. What is the appropriate role for Public-Private Partnerships in advancing public projects?

15. Do all transportation Public-Private Partnership ventures involve direct user charges?

16. What types of financing mechanisms are available for Public-Private Partnerships?

17. What does leveraging mean?

18. How do Public-Private Partnerships differ from the usual method in achieving public agency objectives?

19. How will Metro procure Public-Private Partnership projects?

20. Are Public-Private Partnerships used only for transportation projects, or are they also used for other infrastructure facilities?

21. Isn’t there a danger of the public losing control over services when operated by a private company?

22. Don’t private companies take short cuts in providing services in order to increase profits?

23. What is an Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS)?

24. Why do an EIR/EIS?

25. What is the difference between California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)?