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Jane Sutter Starke


Washington, D.C.
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Jane serves as counsel to transit agencies across the country on a range of issues including funding, project development, and procurement. She is co-chair of the Firm's national Public Transit practice.

An advisor to several transit authorities around the country, Jane counsels clients on procurement issues, such as contracting for transit operating and maintenance services, and the purchase of vehicles (including innovative technologies) and equipment, compliance with requirements of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), including Buy America, and the development of and funding associated with capital investment projects, including bus rapid transit (BRT) projects. Jane's work also includes labor protection issues under section 13(c) of the Federal Transit Act; including claims, certification disputes before the Department of Labor and in arbitration, and labor issues associated with the contracting of transit services.

Finding available funding opportunities is key to the success of the Nation's mass transit systems. Having served as Counsel to the Committee on Energy and Commerce in the U.S. House of Representatives, Jane understands the congressional authorization and appropriations process and works with clients to develop effective approaches for funding and statutory changes. Jane's Hill experience enables her to effectively formulate and advocate positions on legislation, develop advocacy documents and legislative language, analyze legislation and advise clients on the legislative process as well as the implementation of enacted legislation by the Executive Branch. Jane closely monitored Congress' recent passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and is tracking the implementation of this new infrastructure legislation by FTA and DOT, and associated legislative appropriations measures.

Jane has helped transit agencies ensure compliance with Federal statutes and regulations, and navigate the FTA process and the programmatic requirements with which capital investment projects and contracting solicitations must comply.

In addition, Jane and members of the Firm's litigation group have successfully represented transit clients in environmental litigation, arbitration, and challenges to contracting actions and state legislation.

Thompson Coburn Publications

The changing landscape of domestic preferences for federal infrastructure projects under BABA


“Transit Labor Protection – A Guide to Section 13(c) of the Federal Transit Act”;
Co-author, Transportation Research Board, June 1995

“The Competitive Access Debate: A ‘Backdoor’ Approach to Rate Regulation”;
Co-author, Transportation Law Journal, Vol. XVI, No. 2, 1988

“Aftershocks of the Loss of the Legislative Veto: Severability and the Need for a Replacement Device”;
Co-author, Pace Law Review, Vol. 7, No. 3-4, 1987