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Introduction to the Special Issue on Funding Transportation Infrastructure


  • André Palma


  • Robin Lindsey


  • Stef Proost



There is growing concern around the world about insufficient capacity and poor condition of transportation infrastructure. Congestion on roads and at airports, bottlenecks at seaports and railway terminuses, the dilapidated state of highways and other problems are mounting. Traditional revenue sources such as property and fuel taxes are unlikely to suffice in the future either to pay for adequate maintenance or to fund investments in new and improved infrastructure. Shortages of funds, and increasing support for the user pays principle, are behind calls to give an increased role to user charges such as highway tolls and airport fees related to congestion and other user-imposed costs. And the private sector is increasingly being called upon to help design, finance, build, operate and maintain infrastructure -- often through Public Private Partnerships.
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  • André Palma & Robin Lindsey & Stef Proost, 2012. "Introduction to the Special Issue on Funding Transportation Infrastructure," Networks and Spatial Economics, Springer, vol. 12(2), pages 183-185, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:netspa:v:12:y:2012:i:2:p:183-185
    DOI: 10.1007/s11067-009-9110-2

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    1. André Palma & Nathalie Picard & Laetitia Andrieu, 2012. "Risk in Transport Investments," Networks and Spatial Economics, Springer, vol. 12(2), pages 187-204, June.
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    3. Knight, Brian, 2004. "Parochial interests and the centralized provision of local public goods: evidence from congressional voting on transportation projects," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 88(3-4), pages 845-866, March.
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