Transport and Covid-19: responses and resources

What is Private Investment in Transport Infrastructure and Why is it Difficult?

This paper provides a primer for all interested in better understanding the issues around private investment in transport infrastructure. It revisits the economic characteristics of infrastructure and the underlying basic challenges to private investment in the transport sector. The paper is part of a series of 19 papers and a synthesis report produced by the International Transport Forum’s Working Group on Private Investment in Transport Infrastructure.

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  • Distinguish between infrastructure and the operations that take place on it.
  • To pursue private investment in infrastructure, choose between competition for the contract or the regulated model.
  • Differentiate between attracting private investors in existing assets (privatisation) and in new infrastructure PPPs.

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