Director of Transportation and Land Use, Eric Goldwyn, participated in High Speed Rail 2023 in Washington, DC. Speakers included Rep. Nancy Pelosi; Coordinator for the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Mitch Landrieu; former Transportation Secretary, Ray LaHood; Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration, Amit Bose; Rep. Ro Khanna; and Rep. Seth Moulton; as well as rail-industry leaders. Goldwyn participated in the panel, Accelerating Project Delivery; in his opening remarks, he mentioned that the primary factors of transit infrastructure costs are physical structures, labor, procurement, and soft costs. Later answering a question about the process and cost of permitting, Goldwyn said:
The permitting piece that I’m most interested in is the inter-local permitting piece. Your DOTs need to give you a permit to shutdown and do construction on the street. You need to get city of XYZ to give you a permit to build a station because they’ve never had a station before, so how do you get a certificate of occupancy? I think that is the area that is ripest for standardization and looking more closely at.