After the bruising battle over the 2008 transportation bill, the Legislature requested a study of "value capture" as a potential way to raise revenue for future infrastructure investments in Minnesota. The University of Minnesota's Center for Transportation Studies has released its analysis of eight potential strategies for funding transportation based on the concept.
Currently, transportation improvements are funded by general revenue (based on the assumption that all benefit indirectly from the transportation network) and user fees, such as gas taxes and transit fares. The rationale for value capture is based on the relationship between transportation networks and urban land value. [See diagram.]