When and How Much Did the Green Line LRT Increase Single-Family Housing Values in St. Paul, Minnesota?

Jason Cao, Shengnan Lou

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Abstract

Studies quantifying value added of transit often cannot differentiate whether the premiums are transit effects or location effects. Limited studies have examined the timing of value added. Using before and after data, this study explores the impact of the Green Line LRT on housing sales prices. Compared to the studied period before its funding announcement, its announcement increased housing values by $9.2/sq ft and its commencement increased sales prices by $13.7/sq ft. Further analyses show that housing value appreciation actually occurred after the announcement but before the commencement. Thus, using the right timing of value added is critical for value capture programs and benefit–cost analysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)427-436
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Planning Education and Research
Volume38
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2018

Keywords

  • before–after analysis
  • economic development
  • gentrification
  • rail transit
  • value capture

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