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Partnership Strategies for Safety Roadside Rest Areas

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      Final report: compilation.
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      This project studied the many factors influencing the potential for public private partnerships for Safety Roadside Rest Areas. It found that Federal and California State laws and regulations represent important barriers to certain types and locations of safety roadside rest area partnerships, but also offer clear opportunities. Stakeholders have demonstrated both opposition and support for California’s and other states’ previous attempts to implement similar projects. Interested parties indicate that if conceived properly, California might expect to achieve successful off-line public/private commercial rest area partnerships. This final report presents a Strategic Action Plan that considers the relevant legal challenges and recommends methods for taking advantage of the opportunities while working within the legal barriers. It addresses the trade-offs between seeking greater cost savings and partner contribution, duration of control of the partnership site, and relative difficulty and speed of project implementation. The plan offers a recommended procurement approach. Prospective sites were identified statewide that not only fill important gaps in the California rest area system, but also demonstrate an ability to both meet the legal requirements and accommodate stakeholder concerns. The Business Plan concludes by estimating (1) Caltrans’ cost savings associated with developing off-line commercial SRRAs instead of an on-line or off-line non-commercial SRRA at the candidate sites, and (2) Caltrans’ financial contribution, if any, to implement each of the off-line commercial SRRA partnerships. The analysis demonstrates that Caltrans might expect to achieve significant cost savings by developing entirely new public/private commercial SRRAs instead of exclusively public SRRAs at the locations identified. Caltrans might expect even greater savings by partnering with existing or even prospective truck stop or travel plaza operators, whose marginal costs to expand their facilities into commercial SRRAs would be less than to develop an entirely new facility. Caltrans might even avoid rest area project development costs in exchange for providing a private contractor with the right to receive official rest area designation and Interstate signing.
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