1. There is a public need for timely development and/or operation of transportation facilities within the Commonwealth that address the needs identified by the appropriate state, regional, or local transportation plan by improving safety, reducing congestion, increasing capacity, enhancing economic efficiency, or any combination thereof and that such public need may not be wholly satisfied by existing methods of procurement in which qualifying transportation facilities are developed and/or operated;
3. Authorizing private entities to develop and/or operate one or more transportation facilities may result in the development and/or operation of such transportation facilities to the public in a more timely, more efficient, or less costly fashion, thereby serving the public safety and welfare.
B. An action, other than the approval of the responsible public entity under § 33.2-1803, shall serve the public purpose of this chapter if such action, including undertaking a concession, facilitates the timely development and/or operation of a qualifying transportation facility.
C. It is the intent of this chapter, among other things, to encourage investment in the Commonwealth by private entities that facilitates the development and/or operation of transportation facilities. Accordingly, public and private entities may have the greatest possible flexibility in contracting with each other for the provision of the public services that are the subject of this chapter.
1994, c. 855, § 56-558; 1995, c. 647; 2005, cc. 504, 562; 2006, c. 922; 2014, c. 805.