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TRACK 2 Tools and Techniques to Deliver More Projects Faster T his section provides a synthesis of the presenta- enumerated and passed by the state legislature. This tions and discussions that ensued in Track 2. includes 11 highway corridors, 3 major bridges, and a This track comprised four individual panel ses- project to improve New Orleans airport access. Basilica sions during each of which three or four presentations described how the program was stalled until the were made; in-depth discussion by the presenters and Louisiana Department of Transportation and Develop- conference participants followed. The discussions ment adopted an innovative project management plan, were facilitated by a designated discussant. hiring a private-sector program manager to help deliver the projects. This program is now under way, and the early results are promising. SESSION 1: CHARACTERISTICS OF STRONG Basilica described a number of lessons learned from FINANCIAL PLANNING: WHAT IT TAKES TO the early phases of the TIMED program: HAVE GOOD DISCIPLINE The original program was oversold to the public. Susan P. Mortel, Michigan Department of Transportation The department and the legislature were relying (Moderator) on unrealistic project estimates and schedules. Barbara Bych, Ambac Financial Group (Discussant) There was an inappropriate use of debt early in John Basilica, Louisiana Department of Transportation the program. and Development The program was plagued by inadequate planning. Dane Ismart, Louis Berger & Associates Jonathan Davis, Massachusetts Bay Transportation From this bleak history, the Louisiana Department of Authority Transportation and Development developed a compre- hensive plan that included three components: Integrating Innovate Financing into the A legislative plan by which the department would Transportation Planning Process not proceed until enabling legislation was in place, A management plan that called for a program John Basilica manager approach, and A finance plan that incorporated sustainable rev- John Basilica initiated this session with an overview of enue bonds and an annual financial feasibility review. Louisiana's TIMED Program: Transportation Improve- ment Model for Economic Development. The program In conclusion, Basilica noted the importance of comprises 16 major projects that are constitutionally detailed planning, a creative management team with 39