Eight bidders for Pennsylvania wireless P3

The PennDOT has eight bidders for its Wireless Telecommunication Partnership Program, and a shortlist will be announced in September.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has received eight submissions in response to a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) issued for its wireless telecom public-private partnership (PPP; P3) programme, according to a statement.

The Wireless Telecommunications Partnership Program will use the agency’s or state property to build wireless telecommunications infrastructure.

The bidders are: Municipal Communications LLC; Parallel Infrastructure; On Target Acquisition; Milestone Communications; Crown Castle USA Inc.; Site Acquisition Services, Inc.; American Tower Corporation; and Grain Management LLC, the Office of Policy & Public Private Partnerships at PennDOT said in the statement.

A shortlist will be announced in September, it added.

The Department will ultimately select a firm that has an interest, qualifications and relevant experience in providing turnkey facilities and services necessary to support PennDOT’s Wireless Telecommunications Partnership Program. Services include the design and implementation of a revenue-generating programme and managing the usage of property for wireless telecommunications infrastructure, the statement said.

The preferred bidder will pay PennDOT a percentage of the revenue generated from contracts with leaseholders, licensees or permittees, according to the RFQ released in May.

Revenue generated for PennDOT from this project will be used to fund capital projects that will enhance the agency’s ability to provide a safe intermodal transportation system that attracts businesses and residents and stimulates the Pennsylvania economy, the Department stated in the RFQ.