Fuel conservation strategies for road transport and the role of urban traffic management

Australian and overseas sources intimate that significant fuel saving and reduced pollutant emissions should result from the implementation of traffic management (tm) in heavily congested urban areas. Precise quantification of these improvements is still the subject of research as is the dynamics of behavioural responses to such actions. This paper draws together both these strands of research in the context of transport energy usage and the conservation of scarce transport fuels. Despite some limitations, both existing macro level vehicle usage and travel data (motor vehicle usage survey) and existing micro level travel data (home interview travel surveys) indicate that a moderate contribution to fuel conservation can be made by the widespread implementation of tm actions in heavily congested urban areas. Nevertheless, tm actions, due to their relative low cost and immediacy of implementation and as part of a whole package of countermeasures, can play a significant role in conserving scarce, ie, petroleum based, fuels and in restraining the rate of escalation of passenger transport costs whilst preserving current levels of mobility and accessibility for all sections of the community (a). This paper is no 80017.


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  • Accession Number: 01438280
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 24 2012 9:27PM