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Transport Infrastructure Investment

Options for Efficiency

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Surface transport plays a fundamental role in nearly all social and economic activity. Providing and maintaining the infrastructure consumes enormous resources. Thus, it is essential that this be carried out in the most efficient and effective way possible. 

Many options are available to provide surface transport infrastructure – public ministries and agencies, public-private partnerships (PPPs), state-owned companies, private and non-profit entities, and outright privatisation. There are also various means of paying for it, including user charging, subsidies, public borrowing or private financing.  

This report examines key principles that should be considered by governments in deciding how to provide and pay for surface transport infrastructure, with a view to best serving societies’ needs and employing public resources. It also considers the key issues that must be resolved in making more use of private financing and expertise.

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Principles for efficiency in the provision of surface transport infrastructure

International Transport Forum

It has already been emphasized that efficiency should be the primary justification for choosing any particular investment of society’s resources over another. This chapter provides a working definition of this fundamental concept, and describes the factors that contribute to it.

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