THE ENERGY ADVANTAGES OF PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

This report addresses the total energy advantage of public transportation, considering both auto and transit energy consumption as well as residential energy consumption and residential mix. The relative modal efficiencies, spatial structure, and residential energy consumption are considered in some detail. In this report, the focus is on petroleum-based energy. Regional variations are noted. The authors conclude that an effort to achieve configurations with shorter trip distances and less auto congestion and greater transit use is vital. Transit has clear modal advantages, and this is a clear energy advantage. But, the authors maintain, the prime energy advantage is that it can exist and meet mobility needs in acute situations which are probable, as experience shows. Major increases in transit supply may not be enough to allow for such probable demand, even in the best configurations. This report contains charts depicting residential energy consumption as well as modal energy for several relevant scenarios. The report also provides a list of references.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Related Report -- The Energy Advantages of Public Transportation, UMTA-NY-11-0021-80-2.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Polytechnic Institute of New York

    Transportation Training and Research Center, 33 Jay Street
    Brooklyn, NY  USA  11201

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  USA  20590
  • Authors:
    • McShane, W R
    • Bloch, A
    • Ihlo, W
  • Publication Date: 1980-3

Media Info

  • Pagination: 12 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00323143
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-NY-11-0021-80-1
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Apr 15 1981 12:00AM