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The political economy of transit value capture: The changing business model of the MTRC in Hong Kong

Abstract : The mechanism of land value capture (LVC) for financing urban transport, which supports the cost of transit infrastructure through the revenues of land and property, has generated a substantial body of research. However, the literature on transit-related LVC has paid little attention to the politics and strategies of value capture. This article intends to shift the focus towards the governance of LVC, based on the case study of the Mass Transit Railway Corporation (MTRC) in Hong Kong. It argues that the evolving balance of power within Hong Kong's growth coalition has entailed a transformation of the MTRC's business model, prompting the transit agency to shift from the development of new real estate projects to the management of existing property assets. This work provides empirical evidence of an emerging 'management-based' value capture strategy, which is adapted to steady or slow growing urban contexts.
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Natacha Aveline-Dubach, Guillaume Blandeau. The political economy of transit value capture: The changing business model of the MTRC in Hong Kong. Urban Studies, SAGE Publications, In press, ⟨10.1177/0042098018821519⟩. ⟨halshs-02100616v1⟩

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