A study is made of the amount of energy expended by an individual traveling by different ground transportation modes. Three typical trips are examined, namely: the Intraurban Commute, the Suburban/Urban Commute, and the Intercity Trip. The study begins with a look into the current and potential transportation energy resource situation, followed by a presentation of the transportation/energy efficiencies of a wide variety of ground transportation systems. Finally, a breakdown of the energy consumed by an individual making the three typical trips is presented. A variety of multimodal trips are compared with single modal trips from the basis of energy consumed. It is concluded that information of this type should be made available to the general public to illustrate an individual's impact upon our limited petroleum based energy resources.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Presented at the Intersociety Conference on Transportation, September 23-27, 1973.
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Massachusetts, Amherst

    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    130 Natural Resources Road
    Amherst, MA  United States  01003
  • Authors:
    • Goss, W P
    • Mcgowan, J G
  • Publication Date: 1973-9

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00050058
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ASME Journal of Mechanical Engineering
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 73-ICT-24
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 13 1981 12:00AM