ASSESSMENT OF ENERGY AND PETROLEUM CONSUMPTION OF DIFFERENT TRANSPORTATION MODES IN THE BUFFALO AREA

This analysis evaluates the results of a local rail vehicle performance model. Line-haul travel calculations, operating energy consumption, and total energy consumption, especially of petroleum energy, are calculated for an example situation in Buffalo, New York. The energy impacts that result from the implementation of a carpool and express bus system are also included. The comparison of these results with energy estimates by using average values indicates that the variance in urban rail system performance is too large for generalizations at the national level. A second reason for the promotion of local energy studies is the need to develop criteria to calculate the petroleum consumption of modes that do not burn petroleum products directly. The results of this study demonstrate that a light rail system in the example city will save energy; however due to the relatively small demand, the net energy and petroleum savings are rather small. Recent trends toward the purchase of foreign-manufactured light rail vehicles have a negative impact on energy savings. (Authors)

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 1-6
  • Monograph Title: Transportation energy: data, forecasting, policy and models
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  • Accession Number: 00331022
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309031079
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jun 12 1982 12:00AM