EFFECTS OF SMALL-SCALE TRANSIT IMPROVEMENTS ON SAVING ENERGY

The effects of small-scale transit improvements on saving energy in New York State's eight metropolitan planning organization (MPO) areas are examined. Actions included in the transportation system management (TSM) plans of the eight MPO areas are analyzed for their effects on ridership, mode shifts, and energy savings, as well as on the energy costs of development, implementation, and operation. Each of 11 transit-related TSM actions is analyzed separately. These transit improvements result in average annual energy savings of more than 25 million equivalent L of gasoline over the period 1978-1980. This is about 0.1 percent of the total annual gasoline consumption in New York State but is 2.6 percent of transit energy consumption in the eight MPO areas. When demand-responsive services, which have high energy costs, are excluded, the average annual saving increases to 3.1 percent of transit energy consumption. Small-scale transit improvements can thus play a role in the energy conservation efforts in New York State but cannot be expected to have a major impact on the state's energy situation. (Author)

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 27-33
  • Monograph Title: Public Transportation Planning
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00331054
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309031036
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Oct 28 1981 12:00AM