ENERGY IMPACTS OF URBAN TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENTS

This report addresses the vital role urban transportation engineers can and must play in achieving more efficient and wiser energy use. The key word is efficiency as conservation must be equated with the efficient use of energy, not sacrifice, if conservation efforts are to be successful. The report first reviews the nature of the energy problem to describe its present and gorwing seriousness. A major aspect highlighted in this regard is the large share that energy for transportation purposes contributes to the total energy problem and its solution. Next, this monograph stresses the importance of a dual approach to urban transportation energy efficiency. Equal emphasis is given to the mutually reinforcing strategies of (1) increasing the use of more energy efficient travel modes and travel habits, and (2) increasing the energy efficiency of traffic flow. While the first element reduces the total quantity of vehicular travel, the second improves traffic flow travel, the second improves traffic flow quality which reduces the energy consumed for each vehicle mile traveled. Finally, this report estimates the energy savings potential of various urban transportation improvements. Specifically, the energy conservation impacts of eight urban transportation programs are analyzed individually and also their combined potential is estimated. While the scope of this report is limited to urban transportation, the need for improved energy efficiency is equally as vital for the rural highway system as well as for all other transportation forms. For energy efficiency actions to be meaningful, they must be applied vigorously across all energy use sectors. (Author)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Wagner-McGee Associates

    4660 Kenmore Avenue, Suite 825
    Alexandria, VA  United States  22304
  • Authors:
    • Wagner, F A
  • Publication Date: 1980-8

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 59 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00330721
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 15 1982 12:00AM