Photo by Steve Barrett Photography/Courtesy of APTA FTA Deputy Administrator McMillan addresses APTA members in Montreal, citing potential major increases in transit funding as RTD's Washington (left) and FRA's Szabo look on. Related Links: P3 Bug Spreading Among U.S. Transit Builders Bridge Industry Conference Showcases Missouri Innovations Builders of both bridge and rail infrastructure are eyeing the next several weeks with a heightened sense of urgency—hoping against hope that Congress will manage to pass some version of President Obama's proposed $302-billion, four-year transportation reauthorization bill. At the same time, alternative delivery methods such as public-private partnerships are higher than ever
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.