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Metropolitan Transportation Planning by Negotiation: The case of Shenzhen-Dongguan-Huizhou

Authors: Lili Zhu*, Peking University, Jiawen Yang, Peking University, Ian Maclachlan, Peking University
Topics: Transportation Geography
Keywords: metropolitan transportation planning, government consolidation, Pearl River Delta
Session Type: Paper
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Chinese cities have typically adopted a consolidation approach to deal with public service issues in the urbanization process. Its Pearl River Delta, however, has increasingly faced the challenge to supply public goods through negotiation among neighbouring cities. This research reveals how cities governments of Shenzhen, Dongguan and Huizhou, three neighbouring cities, have negotiated for transportation development for a better connected region. Their motivations, actions and outcome of relevant planning processes are reviewed in relation to the supply of road infrastructure and passenger rail services. Existing institutional barriers and likely solutions are discussed, with a hinge on metropolitan planning practice in the USA and the practice of government consolidation in China.

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