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The global infrastructure public-private partnership and the extra-territorial politics of collective provision: The case of regional rail transit in Denver, USA

Jonas, Andrew; Goetz, Andrew; Brady, Sylvia

Authors

Andrew Goetz

Sylvia Brady

Abstract

Drawing upon a case study of regional transit in Denver, Colorado, this paper describes and accounts for the emergence of the global infrastructure public-private partnership (GIP3) as a novel extra-territorial mechanism for financing and delivering transportation infrastructure projects across large metropolitan regions in the United States (US). Unlike traditional locally-funded public-private partnerships, a GIP3 involves a global (i.e. extra-territorial) consortium of private sector construction firms and investors which enters into a long-term contract with a regional public agency to finance, operate, maintain and deliver strategic investments in transportation infrastructure. In 2004, Denver region voters approved a sales tax increase to fund the Denver Regional Transportation District (RTD)’s $4.7 billion FasTracks programme, a 122-mile extension of light and commuter rail along six corridors. Faced with a shortfall in regional funding, the Denver RTD subsequently entered into a contract with a GIP3 consortium to finance and deliver the Eagle P3 project, a major extension of the FasTracks system to Denver International Airport. The paper argues that future research on GIP3 contractual agreements needs to consider the local control of infrastructure assets and the integrity of supporting regional collaborative governance arrangements.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date May 1, 2019
Print ISSN 0042-0980
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 56
Issue 7
Pages 1426-1447
Institution Citation Jonas, A., Goetz, A., & Brady, S. (2019). The global infrastructure public-private partnership and the extra-territorial politics of collective provision: The case of regional rail transit in Denver, USA. Urban studies, 56(7), 1426-1447. https://doi.org/10.1177/0042098018811506
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/0042098018811506
Keywords Public-private partnerships; Infrastructure finance; Regional transit; Collective provision; Denver, USA
Publisher URL https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0042098018811506
Additional Information Scheduled to appear online in Dec 2018

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