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2016 T R A N S I T C O O P E R A T I V E R E S E A R C H P R O G R A M TCRP RESEARCH REPORT 190 Research sponsored by the Federal Transit Administration in cooperation with the Transit Development Corporation Subject Areas Public Transportation Guide to Value Capture Financing for Public Transportation Projects Sasha Page IMG Rebel Bethesda, MD William L. Bishop DevelopMent plannInG & FInancInG GRoup, Inc. Chapel Hill, NC Waiching Wong IMG Rebel Bethesda, MD
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C O O P E R A T I V E R E S E A R C H P R O G R A M S AUTHOR ACKNOWLEDGMENTS This guide has been developed with funding provided through TCRP Project J-11, âQuick-Response Research on Long-Term Strategic Issues.â TCRP Project J-11 is intended to fund quick-response studies on behalf of the TCRP Oversight and Project Selection Committee, the FTA, and APTA and its committees. Sasha Page, Principal, IMG Rebel, was the principal investigator and coauthor. William L. Bishop, Principal, Development Planning & Finance Group, Inc., was senior investigator and coauthor. Waiching Wong of IMG Rebel was also a coauthor. The research team thanks the individuals and numerous organizations that participated in the case study interviews and who provided feedback on the draft guide. CRP STAFF FOR TCRP RESEARCH REPORT 190 Christopher J. Hedges, Director, Cooperative Research Programs Dianne S. Schwager, Senior Program Officer Daniel J. Magnolia, Senior Program Assistant Eileen P. Delaney, Director of Publications Doug English, Editor TCRP PROJECT J-11/TASK 22 PANEL Field of Special Projects Kevin DeGood, Center for American Progress, Washington, DC Sharon Greene, HDR/Sharon Greene & Associates, Irvine, CA David Leininger, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX Scott Polokiv, Gateway Planning Group, Dallas, TX Tina M. Votaw, City of Charlotte, Charlotte, NC Stan Wall, HR&A Advisors, Inc., Washington, DC Faith Hall, FTA Liaison Darnell Grisby, APTA Liaison
Value capture is the public recovery of a portion of increased property and other value created as a result of public infrastructure investment. Capturing a portion of that value to fund transit projects is an increasingly viable and desirable option. TCRP Research Report 190: Guide to Value Capture Financing for Public Transportation Projects is a resource for transit agencies, local governments, developers, and others interested in value capture as a strategy for funding and financing public transportation projects. The guide will be relevant to many public transportation modes, including bus rapid transit, light rail, heavy rail, commuter rail, and intercity passenger rail. TCRP Research Report 190 identifies the requirements necessary for (1) successful value creation through transportation infrastructure investment and (2) capturing a portion of that value through specific value capture mechanisms. It emphasizes that value capture opportunities and strategies vary significantly due to context and addresses the conditions necessary for value capture, including: â¢ Real estate market vitality; â¢ Accommodative zoning, regulations, and land use entitlements; â¢ Statutory authority enabling use of value capture mechanisms; â¢ Articulation of compelling business cases of value capture to public and private partners and to the financial markets on which they depend; â¢ Development of project- and context-specific financial strategies that are feasible and that incentivize and reinforce value creation; and â¢ Institutional capacity on the part of transit agencies, local governments, developers, and other partners, working together to maximize value creation and value capture. The guide conveys the importance of articulating the business case of value capture to a broad array of transit, public, and private stakeholders. The cornerstone of successful value capture implementation is the clear identification of the broader economic opportunity associ- ated with (1) transit projects and (2) embracing a value capture strategy that optimizes benefits both for public and private partners. The guide stresses the importance of building relation- ships with stakeholders and partnerships to help implement value capture strategies. From the perspective of local government, the business case for value capture rests on its ability to fund or finance elements of a transit project, municipal infrastructure, or other public needs. TCRP Research Report 190 includes six case studies that provide practical examples of successful value capture from public transportation investments and illustrate the principles presented in the guide. By Dianne S. Schwager Staff Officer Transportation Research Board F O R E W O R D
1 Summary 8 Chapter 1 Introduction 9 1.1 Background and National Context 9 1.2 Partnerships That Optimize Value Creation 10 1.3 How This Guide Fits into Existing Literature 10 1.4 Methodology and Approach 12 1.5 Guide Organization 13 Chapter 2 Definitions of Value Capture Mechanisms 13 2.1 Value Capture 21 2.2 Value Capture Participants 22 2.3 Public Transportation Modes 22 2.4 Transit-Influenced Development and Value 24 Chapter 3 Local Economic Conditions and Market Considerations 24 3.1 Local Economic Conditions and Market Considerations 26 3.2 Density Considerations 26 3.3 Network and Station Characteristics 27 3.4 Timing 29 Chapter 4 Regulatory Considerations 29 4.1 Zoning, Land Development Regulations, and TOD Design Standards 30 4.2 Statutory Authority for Value Capture Mechanisms 30 4.3 Municipality Fiscal, Political, and Regulatory Characteristics 30 4.4 Compliance with Federal Regulations 31 4.5 Regulatory Influences on Transit Project Design and Execution 32 Chapter 5 Articulating the Business Case 32 5.1 Incorporating Risk 33 5.2 Business Case for Transit Agencies and Local Governments 33 5.3 Business Case for Developers 36 5.4 Value Capture and Land Speculation 38 Chapter 6 Creditworthiness, Finance, and Funding 38 6.1 Funding 38 6.2 Tax-Exempt Financing 40 6.3 Innovative Finance 42 6.4 FAST Act TOD Provisions for TIFIA, RRIF, and FTA TOD Pilot Planning Grant Program 43 6.5 PublicâPrivate Partnership Financing C O N T E N T S
44 Chapter 7 Institutional Capacity and Partnership 45 7.1 Overcoming Development Complexity and Risk 46 7.2 Fostering an Ethos of Cooperation 46 7.3 Institutional Capacity 47 Appendix A Considerations Checklist 49 Appendix B Boston Landing at Allston/Brighton Station, Boston, MA 54 Appendix C Denver Union Station, Denver, CO 63 Appendix D Hong Kong Mass Transit Railway Corporation, Hong Kong 70 Appendix E Kansas City Streetcar, Kansas City, MO 80 Appendix F Portland Streetcar, Portland, OR 88 Appendix G Dulles Metrorail, Washington, D.C. 97 Appendix H Interviews 99 Acronyms and Abbreviations 101 References 106 Notes