P3 Information


Phase 1 Solicitation

On July 17, 2020, the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) announced a shortlist of highly qualified private-sector teams eligible to respond to a Request for Proposals (RFP) to be the developer of I-495 & I-270 P3 Program Phase 1.

The Phase 1 Developer will be a strategic partner to provide preliminary design, stakeholder engagement, and other predevelopment activities that will ultimately lead to designing, building, financing, operating and maintaining managed lanes in Phase 1.

Teams making the shortlist are: Accelerate MarylandExpress Partners, Accelerate Maryland Partners LLC, Capital Express Mobility Partners, and Potomac Mobility Group.

The shortlisted teams responded to MDOT and MDTA in May with a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) expressing their interest in becoming the Phase I Developer. MDOT and MDTA solicited SOQs in February for potential Phase 1 Developers following a vote in January by the Maryland Board of Public Works (BPW) to amend its designation of the I-495 & I-270 P3 Program to advance the competitive solicitation process for Phase 1.

The four teams that submitted SOQs by the May 20 deadline subsequently underwent a thorough evaluation of their technical and financial qualifications, capacity, experience on similar projects, and approach. After careful consideration, it was determined that all four should advance to the shortlist.

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The shortlisted teams will respond to the Request for Proposals (RFP) in early 2021. In the interim, MDOT, MDTA and the teams will enter into discussions on key technical and commercial aspects of Phase 1 to improve the value and quality of proposals. Progress of the I-495 & I-270 Managed Lanes Study and collaboration with local, state and federal stakeholders during this time will play important roles in setting other key parameters for the RFP.

MDOT and MDTA plan to select a preferred Phase Developer and recommend a Phase 1 P3 Agreement to the BPW for its review and approval late Spring or early Summer 2021. An environmental decision document under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) will be approved before necessary BPW approvals to commence with final design and construction on any portion of Phase 1.

Click here to see the press release announcing the Phase 1 Solicitation Shortlist

Download the RFQ on eMaryland Marketplace Advantage

Click here to download a PDF of the presentation from the Industry Update Webinar on January 29, 2020.

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions about the Solicitation Process.

Phase 1 Timeline

  • Traffic Relief Plan Announced

    I-495 & I-270 P3 Program Initiated First Request for Information Released
  • Industry Engagement

    First Industry Forum

    First Request for
    Information Responses

    One-on-One Meetings

    Market Sounding

  • Industry Engagement

    Continued Market

    Second Request for
    Information Released &
    Responses Received

    Industry Forum/Second
    One-on-One Meetings

  • Request for Qualifications (RFQ)

    Issue RFQ

    Submittal of Statements
    of Qualifications (SOQ)

    Identify Shortlist

  • Request for Proposals (RFP)

    Issue Draft RFP

    Innovative Dialogue
    Process (IDP) with

    Issue Final RFP

  • Selection & Commercial Close

    Proposals Due


    Legislative and
    Financial Review

    Board of Public
    Works Approval

    Commercial Close