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The Goulston & Storrs Transportation group counsels public and private sector clients engaged in all aspects of design, construction and regulation of transportation and other public works projects. Our clients include municipalities, public transportation authorities and businesses that work for and with public sector entities. Clients seek our assistance on a wide range of development, intellectual property, procurement, construction and financing issues arising from public sector transportation initiatives. Our work includes legal and strategic advice and services for clients ranging from Boston's "Big Dig" and the Central Artery Business Committee to some of the nation's leading design/engineering and real estate development firms. We also represent the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, two of the state's largest regional transit authorities and the Martha's Vineyard/Nantucket Steamship Authority.

Led by attorneys with significant high level public sector experience, this group has deep expertise in public law and solving complex multi-agency, multi-jurisdiction issues. Our transportation practice addresses the full spectrum of issues relevant to transportation and other public sector projects of all sizes. We advise and represent clients in contract procurement, federal and state government funding issues, negotiation of agreements with and between governmental agencies, development of design and construction documents, intellectual property issues, development of public / private partnerships on large scale real estate developments, executing a wide range of public finance vehicles and other government-relations matters.

Representative Projects and Transactions

  • Represented the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) in connection with the acquisition by MassDOT of the South Coast Rail lines from CSX Transportation.
  • Guidance of MBTA through the successful completion of the procurement of the current $2 billion contract for operation of its commuter rail system, and outside general counsel services with respect to MBTA's commuter rail operation.
  • Counsel for the development of an historic urban rail station into multi-use, multi-modal transportation/office/retail center in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts, which included several million dollars of Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grants. We assisted the transit authority in the procurement/selection of a private sector partner (a joint venture between Jones Lang LaSalle & Telesis), and we drafted and negotiated a business deal between the public and private parties as well as a comprehensive Joint Development Agreement between the transit authority and the private sector JV.
  • Counsel for the development in urban areas of several additional Intermodal transportation centers on behalf of Massachusetts' largest Regional Transit Authority (Lawrence, Westfield and Holyoke), all of which required the formation of public/private partnerships through Joint Development Agreements and involved garage, hotel and residential elements.
  • Authored landmark legislation to establish the statutory framework for the operation, maintenance and financing of the nation's largest construction project of this decade, Boston's Central Artery/Tunnel Project.
  • Development and implementation of procurement and contract negotiation for sophisticated, system-wide electronic toll collection system for the Massachusetts Turnpike.
  • Development of a comprehensive risk management protocol for a design/engineering firm using an innovative ground freezing technique to build a new public transportation system from South Station to the South Boston Waterfront District. 
  • Represented the Virginia Railway Express in its negotiations to secure a new contract for operation of its commuter rail service.

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