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Value Capture for Transportation Finance



As vehicles become more fuel-efficient and overall levels of travel stagnate in response to increases in fuel prices, conventional sources of revenue for transportation finance such as taxes on motor fuels have been put under increasing pressure. One potential replacement as a source of revenue is a set of policies collectively referred to as value capture policies. In contrast to fuel taxes and other instruments that impose charges on users of transportation networks, value capture policies seek to generate revenue by extracting a portion of the gains in the value of land that result from improvements to transportation networks. In this paper we identify a set of eight policies that contain elements of the value capture approach. These policies include land value taxes, tax increment financing, special assessments, transportation utility fees, development impact fees, negotiated exactions, joint development, and air rights. We evaluate each of the policies according to four criteria: efficiency, equity, sustainability (in terms of revenue adequacy and stability), and feasibility. The value capture concept is placed within a more general framework of transportation finance that emphasizes the relationship between different types of charges and groups of beneficiaries from transportation investments.

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  • Zhirong (Jerry) Zhao & Michael Iacono & David Levinson, 2009. "Value Capture for Transportation Finance," Working Papers 000064, University of Minnesota: Nexus Research Group.
  • Handle: RePEc:nex:wpaper:valuecapture

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    1. Levinson, David M., 2012. "Accessibility impacts of high-speed rail," Journal of Transport Geography, Elsevier, vol. 22(C), pages 288-291.
    2. Yen, Barbara T.H. & Mulley, Corinne & Shearer, Heather & Burke, Matthew, 2018. "Announcement, construction or delivery: When does value uplift occur for residential properties? Evidence from the Gold Coast Light Rail system in Australia," Land Use Policy, Elsevier, vol. 73(C), pages 412-422.
    3. Athena Roumboutsos & Aristeidis Pantelias, 2015. "Allocating Revenue Risk in Transport Infrastructure Public Private Partnership Projects: How it Matters," Transport Reviews, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 35(2), pages 183-203, March.
    4. Li, Guicai & Luan, Xiaofan & Yang, Jiawen & Lin, Xiongbin, 2013. "Value capture beyond municipalities: transit-oriented development and inter-city passenger rail investment in China’s Pearl River Delta," Journal of Transport Geography, Elsevier, vol. 33(C), pages 268-277.
    5. Sharma, Rohit & Newman, Peter, 2018. "Does urban rail increase land value in emerging cities? Value uplift from Bangalore Metro," Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Elsevier, vol. 117(C), pages 70-86.
    6. Mi Diao, 2015. "Selectivity, spatial autocorrelation and the valuation of transit accessibility," Urban Studies, Urban Studies Journal Limited, vol. 52(1), pages 159-177, January.
    7. Medda, Francesca, 2012. "Land value capture finance for transport accessibility: a review," Journal of Transport Geography, Elsevier, vol. 25(C), pages 154-161.
    8. Yang, Jiawen & Su, Pinren & Cao, Jason, 2020. "On the importance of Shenzhen metro transit to land development and threshold effect," Transport Policy, Elsevier, vol. 99(C), pages 1-11.
    9. Levinson, David & Zhao, Zhirong Jerry, 2012. "Introduction to the special issue on value capture for transportation finance," The Journal of Transport and Land Use, Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota, vol. 5(1), pages 1-3.
    10. Filipe, Luis N. & Macário, Rosário, 2013. "A first glimpse on policy packaging for implementation of BRT projects," Research in Transportation Economics, Elsevier, vol. 39(1), pages 150-157.

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    Transportation Ð Economics; Land value; Transportation Ð finance and taxation;
    All these keywords.

    JEL classification:

    • R51 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Finance in Urban and Rural Economies
    • R52 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Land Use and Other Regulations
    • R48 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Transportation Economics - - - Government Pricing and Policy
    • H23 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Externalities; Redistributive Effects; Environmental Taxes and Subsidies
    • H27 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Other Sources of Revenue
    • H71 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - State and Local Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue
    • R14 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Land Use Patterns
    • R21 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Housing Demand
    • R33 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Real Estate Markets, Spatial Production Analysis, and Firm Location - - - Nonagricultural and Nonresidential Real Estate Markets


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