PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: PATH AS AN EXAMPLE

The PATH rail-transit system (Port Authority Trans-Hudson system) is a 14-mile long, 70-year old heavy rail rapid-transit system operating in the New York Metropolitan area. The operational and technological programs to conserve energy in the last few years are described. The paper first concentrates on PATH itself, based largely on propulsion energy and utilization of the system. The second part reflects regional perspectives. PATH's primary energy source is electricity. Only insignificant amounts of other energy are consumed, primarily space heating at various maintenance facilities or for use in various vehicles operated by PATH. Data are sparse that identify the energy effectiveness of other rail-transit systems for peak versus off-peak services; but with some data, comparisons are made with PATH performance-other systems in the Northeast and some foreign systems. The simplest and quickest way to improve rail-transit's Btu-per-passenger-mile effectiveness is to adopt policies that would increase its utilization, the author says.

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  • Pagination: p. 419-429

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  • Accession Number: 00303860
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Energy Research Abstracts
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 11 1981 12:00AM