Practice Areas > Transportation

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TFG has focused on transportation policy, project funding, and project delivery for over a quarter of a century. Our professionals have worked on all major surface transportation authorization bills since the Surface Transportation Act of 1987, and our successes range from broad national policy development to project-specific clauses and funding. Over the years we have successfully protected and enhanced the interests of our clients – including municipal governments, regional governments, public transit agencies, airports, and joint power authorities.

Our specialty areas include:

  • transportation infrastructure development, planning and funding
  • public transit policy and project funding
  • project delivery efficiency and streamlining
  • interagency coordination and creative funding sources and mechanisms
  • transportation and land use coordination policy and funding

TFG’s Transportation Practice Group professionals help clients develop strategies and advocacy programs focused on their priorities and measurable goals. We work closely with clients, federal agency officials and staff, and congressional representatives to build consensus support for projects, policy changes, and program funding essential to our clients providing viable transportation infrastructure and services to the citizens they represent.

Our knowledge of transportation policy, project funding, and project delivery was established and developed through decades of deep involvement in major transportation legislation, including the Surface Transportation Act of 1987, ISTEA (1991), TEA-21 (1998), and SAFETEA-LU (2005), as well as virtually every transportation appropriations law debated and enacted since 1982. We have worked in and with the federal government for decades on transportation issues and projects, and our practice group approach allows our clients to realize the benefits of our entire team’s collective experience.

We advocate on behalf of our clients before Congress and federal agencies and facilitate and enhance client communication with policymakers at all levels of the federal government. We ensure that our clients develop and effectively manage strong working relationships with Members of Congress, congressional committees, and a wide range of federal transportation agencies, including but not limited to the Federal Transit Administration, the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Railroad Administration, and the Federal Aviation Administration.

Moreover, we go beyond traditional paths and work with agencies which have developed increasingly important roles and responsibilities regarding transportation projects and policy. Examples include our productive work with the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Housing & Urban Development, the Department of Defense, the US Fish & Wildlife Service, and other resource agencies to identify funding opportunities and secure regulatory relief and technical assistance for our clients. In addition, we work collaboratively with an extensive network of trade associations and advocacy groups to enhance our effectiveness on behalf of our clients.

Case Studies
  • Photo by J. Brew
    King County, WA
    After King County was unsuccessful in its application for funding for its South Park Bridge Replacement Project under the first round of the TIGER program, TFG worked with county officials to retool its proposal to focus on the local commitment to
  • City of Cincinnati, OH
    TFG worked closely with the Mayor of Cincinnati and his streetcar project team to obtain a $25 million Urban Circulator Program grant, which was awarded in July of 2010.  The City of Cincinnati will construct a six-mile, $100 million streetcar
Policy and Legislative Highlights
  • Worked with the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and Senate Commerce Committee to develop an appeals process for disputes in Surface Transportation Board reauthorization.

  • Worked with congressional offices to develop and introduce legislation to authorize and fund centers of excellence for metropolitan planning focused on regional smart growth planning.  Legislation is pending in Congress.

Federal Funding Highlights
  • Secured a federal guarantee for interest payments on a toll road client’s bonds, resulting in a 150 basis point reduction in the client’s bond interest rate.  As a result, annual interest payments on $4 billion worth of bonds are $60 million per year less than they would be without the federal loan guarantee.

    Successfully carrying through a proposal to amend and expand a $240 million line of credit for highway client and participated in complex line of credit negotiations with DOT TIFIA staff.

    Developed a successful federal action plan to win $25 million urban circulator award. Drafting legislation to create a center of excellence for metropolitan planning.