Michael Likosky, an author and political adviser on P3s, calls the CTB a “watershed” project. “The country is focused on ways for states to build cooperatively infrastructure projects,” he says, noting the port authority’s bistate nature. “It is an existing entity, not one that has to be created from scratch,” he adds.

Ginger Evans, who recently left Parsons Corp. to be vice president of engineering for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, says the port authority was “wise” in seeking international expertise to deal with LGA’s challenge of optimizing limited space. “While the port authority must be responsible financially, ultimately what matters [is] that the CTB provides the customer-service amenities and high-tech links to other transportation modes and data required to support their sophisticated travelers.”