PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION AND THE LAST DECADES OF PETROLEUM

The U.S. is now facing, and will face in the future, a petroleum supply crisis. The U.S. will face changes which will require broad political support for governmental actions. The ways in which transportation needs could be substantially reduced and ways in which transportation's dependence on petroleum could be converted to some other energy need to be examined. This article briefly examines this century's substantive changes which have affected urban transportation and petroleum usage, and discussed the future need to focus on urban transportation as the heart of a comprehensive self-help conservation strategy. During the early stages of the overall self-help strategy, the automobile will be the major target for conservation and the adroit reduction of petroleum usage for autos will be a prime achievement. Petroleum savings could also be realized by improving the traffic flow in urban areas. Long-term, self-help conservation strategies are discussed and it is observed that a stable, energy-efficient society depends on the relationship of urban living pattern and public transit. The importance of urban land use planning is noted and urban revitalization is discussed, as well as the total efficiency of the urban area and its complete transportation system. Public transportation elemetns of the self-help strategy must be integrated concurrently with the new directions in land management and revitalization and redesign.

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  • Accession Number: 00302117
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 30 1981 12:00AM