Jonathan Startin, CEng, MICE

Startin specializes in working with public-private partnership, financial and legal advisers to ensure well-structured transactions that provide maximum innovation and competition within the transportation procurement process. He has 34 years of international experience in a wide range of major transportation projects, including the Goethals Bridge replacement in New York and New Jersey; the United Kingdom Highways Agency M25 DBFO; and the West Coast Expressway in Malaysia.

His background includes extensive experience in the United Kingdom, Asia and the United States for both public agencies and the private sector on a wide variety of transportation public-private partnership projects.

Professional affiliations:
● UK Institution of Civil Engineers

30 seconds with Jonathan Startin …

Q. How important is it to identify alternative delivery and finance options for infrastructure projects?
A. “Developing and implementing innovative approaches to the challenges of modernizing aging transportation infrastructure is vital to a nation’s economic and social well-being.”

Q. What kinds of alternatives are being implemented?
A. “New approaches to procure and deliver transportation infrastructure programs, such as combinations of design-build-finance-operate-maintain, can offer savings and quality improvements. Implementing them, however, often means owners must establish best practices for procurement processes and procedures as well as navigate multiple jurisdictions and stakeholders. Understanding and balancing each entity’s goals is crucial for program success.”
Q. What role do public-private partnerships have to play?
A. “P3s, widely used in Europe and Asia, are relatively new to the United States, but they can be a powerful tool. Insights gained from international experiences offer unique opportunities for success in America. Private sector involvement can provide added creativity, efficiency, life-cycle budget certainty and new sources of capital to address our complex transportation issues.”

● Bachelor of Science, civil engineering, University of Leeds, United Kingdom