Historical, present, and possible future patterns of energy consumption in the transportation sector are examined for intercity freight and passenger traffic and for urban passenger traffic. The energy-efficiencies among the various transport modes are quite variable. Airplanes are relatively inefficient; cars and trucks are slightly more efficient; and railroads, waterways, pipelines, mass transit, and buses are quite efficient. The energy implications of changes in modal mix for freight and passenger transport are explored using two hypothetical futures.

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  • Accession Number: 00046380
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 9558 Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 18 1981 12:00AM