27:1D-4. Solicitation of proposals by public partner
4. a. A public partner is authorized to solicit proposals in the five fiscal years after the effective date of this act, as provided in subsection a. of section 3 of this act, from developers to plan, design, construct, equip, operate, finance, improve and maintain, or any combination thereof, demonstration projects selected by the commissioner pursuant to section 3 of this act.
b. A public partner shall select proposals for negotiation of demonstration project agreements based on the overall benefit to the State, the qualifications and financial strength of the proposer, the proposer's responsiveness to the public partner's requirements, the total project cost to be incurred by the public partner, the nature of project financing, the revenues to be generated by the project on behalf of and in support of the State, the impact of any direct or indirect user fees and any other evaluation criteria the public partner deems appropriate. The public partner shall negotiate with one or more proposers to reach a project agreement in the best interests of the State, except that in the event that a private developer, private entity or private consortia benefits from the use of public monies for the construction of a demonstration project pursuant to this act, the project agreement with the developer shall provide that any construction contract entered into by the developer, a private entity or private consortia, to effectuate the agreement shall conform to those requirements concerning advertisement, pre-qualification, bid and award provided for by law for construction contracts entered into by the department or corporation, as the case may be.
c. Any power possessed by a public partner pursuant to this act or any other act or any function performed by the department or the corporation, as the case may be, with respect to transportation projects may be used by that public partner to facilitate the planning, designing, construction, equipment, financing, improvement, maintenance and operation, or any combination thereof, of demonstration projects selected pursuant to this act. Project agreements entered into pursuant to this act may provide for full reimbursement to the State for services rendered by the public partner or other State entities or agencies or for the provision of revenues generated to the State. The public partner is authorized to enter into financing, funding, and credit agreements on such terms as the commissioner deems favorable to the State to promote the purposes of this act. All credit agreements entered into by the public partner pursuant to this act shall be subject to concurrence by the State Treasurer.
d. A project agreement entered into pursuant to this act shall provide for a public involvement and information process to apply to each demonstration project. The purpose of the public involvement and information process shall be to disseminate and provide information about the demonstration project to the public, prospective project users, and the residents of communities affected by the project, and to establish a formal means by which interested persons may comment upon the project and make suggestions.
e. Upon entering into a project agreement pursuant to this act, the public partner shall publish a notice in a newspaper circulating in the county in which the demonstration project will be located describing the project and the responsibilities of the developer and the public partner with respect to the project. If a demonstration project will be located in more than one county or have a regional impact, the notice shall also be published in a publication circulating in the region in which the demonstration project will be located.
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