URBAN TRANSPORTATION PLANNING UNDER ENERGY CONSTRAINTS

Current knowledge concerning the impact of limited fuel availability on urban travel behavior is reviewed, and the application of this information to urban transportation planning is discussed. The 1973-1974 oil embargo is viewed as a short-term perturbation in the energy-transportation system that resulted in temporary changes in travel behavior. Short-range energy contingency planning can benefit most from the knowledge gained during this period. Energy contingency planning should emphasize non-capital-intensive policies that can be easily and quickly implemented to conserve fuel. The information gained during the embargo does not appear to be directly applicable to long-range urban transportation plans do not appear practical at this time because of the lack of information concerning the impacts of fuel availability on travel and living patterns. It may therefore be more beneficial to develop plans that have the flexibility to include this information as it becomes available. A standardized definition of fuel availability should be determined, and a mechanism for capturing fuel allocation and consumption statistics on a disaggregate level should be established. Trends in the attitudes of consumers toward the energy situation and transportation-related behavioral changes that result from these perceptions should also be monitored. /Author/

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: pp 1-5
  • Monograph Title: Urban transportation planning, evaluation, and analysis
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00301604
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309029538
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Nov 27 1981 12:00AM