Of the 52 “expressions of interest”:
- 16 were submitted by potential bidders;
- 22 were submitted by investment banks and consulting firms seeking to provide financial advisory services;
- 8 were submitted by transportation engineering firms seeking to provide technical advisory and/or operations management services; and
- 6 weresubmitted by law firms seeking to provide legal advisory services.
Many legislators were pointing to the Governor’s refusal to share these documents (and thus not know what a lease may entail) as a reason not to go ahead with legislation that would authorize formal bidding on a lease. Hopefully this will help move the process along.