Shant Boyajian


Nossaman LLP

Shant Boyajian

Shant Boyajian helps public agencies employ a wide range of innovative methods to deliver the nation’s largest, most complex infrastructure projects.  He offers deep experience in the policy issues behind infrastructure strategy, having previously served as Senior Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.  In this position, he served as lead author and negotiator for the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act – the largest infrastructure bill in U.S. history – which provided long-term funding certainty for the nation’s surface transportation system.

Mr. Boyajian’s government experience also includes serving as Counsel to the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit for the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.  While there, he helped negotiate and draft the language for federal-aid highway programs within the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) Act – which provided more than $105 billion in funding for surface transportation programs in fiscal years 2013 and 2014.

He also previously served as Counsel to the Panel on 21st Century Freight Transportation, which proposed many of the policy reforms ultimately enacted in the FAST Act.  Earlier in his career, he served as a law clerk to the General Counsel’s Office at the U.S. Department of Energy, and as Legislative Aid to the Vice Chairman of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors in Loudoun County, Virginia.


  • Maryland Transit Administration and Maryland Department of Transportation – Purple Line Light Rail.  Member of the legal team advising on an approximately $2 billion (capital cost) light rail system that will significantly ease travel between the Maryland suburbs and Washington, D.C.  The Purple Line Light Rail system will run 16.2 miles between Bethesda and New Carrollton with 21 new stations along the route.  It is designed to provide a direct link to the Metrorail Red, Green and Orange lines and connect to the MARC train, Amtrak and local bus services.  In July 2014, MTA issued the final RFP for an availability payment concession to shortlisted teams on the DBFOM project.  Proposals were received in late 2015 and, in March 2016, the agencies selected a consortium led by Fluor and Meridiam.  The project reached commercial close in April 2016 and financial close in June 2016.  Construction is expected to begin in 2017 and the project is expected to open in spring 2022.  The rail system’s financing plan includes an $874 million TIFIA loan, $313 million in PABs, $138 million in private equity and approximately $900 million in anticipated federal “New Starts” funding.  Maryland taxpayers will save more than $550 million over the 36-year contract term from the original bid amounts, due to rate and credit spread risk sharing under the P3 agreement.  The PABs utilized on the project were sold at the lowest interest rates ever achieved in the U.S. P3 market.  In 2016, the project earned a P3 Bulletin “Gold Award” for Best Transit and Aviation Project.  Mr. Boyajian is assisting with contract implementation and administration for the project.
  • Denver International Airport – Terminal Improvements.  Member of the legal team advising the City and County of Denver on the Great Hall Project, which involves a complex, multi-faceted upgrade of Denver International Airport’s signature main terminal.  The high profile P3 project – part of a recent group of innovative U.S. airport projects on which Nossaman is advising – will relocate the main security checkpoints to modernize screening for the post-9/11 era.  The project will also improve the terminal’s baggage system to increase capacity and create more space for shops, restaurants and other income-generating concessions.  Mr. Boyajian’s services include helping to draft the development agreement to be entered into by the City and the winning consortium, led by Madrid-based Ferrovial Airports.
  • Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority – Green Line Extension Project.  Member of the legal team advising on $2-3 billion 5-mile extensions of the Green Line light rail service from a relocated Lechmere Station in East Cambridge to Union Square in Somerville and College Avenue in Medford.  The transportation agency has retained the Firm to examine the deployed construction manager/general contractor (CM/GC) delivery method, consider alternatives and make recommendations on the optimal delivery method going forward.  The agency terminated several of its existing contracts in December 2015 and conducted a redefinition process of the project.  A procurement for a design-build contract for the completion of the project was conducted, on which Mr. Boyajian’s services included assisting in drafting the procurement documents, including the Instructions to Proposers and the Design Build Contract. Mr. Boyajian’s services also included drafting manuals and related materials to guide the agency’s evaluation of statements of qualification and proposals. Mr. Boyajian supervised and supported the agency’s selection committee and technical advisors during the proposal evaluation and selection process.  The procurement included the use of an affordability limit, as well as the identification of six prioritized additive options for scope that could potentially be included back in the design-build scope.  In November 2017, the agency awarded a design-build contract to GLX Constructors that was approximately $237 million below the affordability limit, and included all six additive options in the design-build contract scope.
  • Massachusetts Department of Transportation – Alternative Project Delivery Program.  Member of the legal team advising on the creation of a programmatic approach for the screening and delivery of complex infrastructure projects in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  Mr. Boyajian is assisting with all aspects of the program’s creation and implementation, including analyzing procurement laws, advising on relevant policy decisions, preparing project screening materials, and drafting program guidance documents.