Rail + Property Development in Hong Kong: Experiences and Extensions

Author(s): Cervero, Robert
All authors:
Cervero, R., Murakami, J.
Host organisation: CoE Berkeley, USA
Country: China
Publication year: 2009
Published in:
Urban Studies, Vol. 46, No. 10, pp. 2019-2043
Research theme: Policy and Planning, Public Transport
rail transport, land values, Hong Kong
Research article
Hong Kong has aggressively pursued transit value capture to finance railway infrastructure through its 'Rail + Property' development programme, or R+P. More than half of all income to the railway operators comes from property development. Most R+P projects focus on housing although all have some commercial development. Recent generation R+P projects have stressed pedestrian quality. This research shows this has in turn increased ridership and housing prices. An R+P station with a transit-oriented design averages 35 000 additional weekday passengers. Housing price premiums in the range of 5-30 per cent were found. Hong Kong's R+P model, it is suggested, is well suited for financing rail infrastructure and advancing transit-oriented designs in the rapidly growing cities of mainland China.
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