Motivation: Harnessing the Private Sector's Interest in the Public Agency Project

by John L. Thompson, Metropolitan Transit Authority, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Major Development and Transportation Projects: Public/Private Partnerships


Today's public works projects are being conceived, planned, and constructed with increasing difficulty as funding becomes more illusive. The Houston Metropolitan Transit Authority is unique in this regard because it has adequate revenue sources for its proposed rail system, yet must seek significant private funding as a result of voter mandate. Raising $130 million in private funds will take skill and a sensitivity to private sector needs as the agency seeks outright land donations, infrastructure cost sharing, connection charges, and long-term joint development agreements.

Subject Headings: Motivation | Public participation | Financing | Subways | Rail transportation | Revenues | Land use | Urban areas | Texas | United States

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