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Garvey joins push to change US transportation policy

The head of Meridiam Infrastructure’s North American operations and former Federal Aviation Administrator will chair the board of the Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington DC-based think tank that is urging Congress to reevaluate how it allocates transportation funding.

Jane Garvey, the head of Meridiam Infrastructure’s North American operations, has been named the chair of the board of directors of the Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington, DC think tank that is pushing for major changes in the nation’s transportation policy.

Jane Garvey

Garvey, a former Federal Aviation Administrator, has joined the center’s board just as it unveils its vision for a new transportation policy. It recently released a report, “Performance Driven: A New Vision for US Transportation Policy” urging Congress to consolidate its transportation funding from 108 programs to six performance-based criteria that would allocate money to various types of transportation infrastructure based on need.

The report also urges the US government to introduce a competitive grant program for infrastructure and streamline its ability to partner with state and local governments and the private sector to deliver projects.

The center, formed in 2007 by a group of former Democrat and Republican US Senate majority leaders, is now taking its report to Capitol Hill just as Congress and the Obama administration are preparing to find a way to pay for a new multi-year transportation spending plan, which could cost as much as $500 billion.

Garvey will also serve on the Center’s National Transportation Policy Project, which spearheaded the report. She also serves as the chairman of North America for Meridiam Infrastructure, the European infrastructure investor focused on public-private partnerships.