FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL RESPONSE TO 1979 FUEL SHORTAGES

There are many lessons that can be learned from examining federal, state and local responses to the 1979 fuel shortages which can be applied to present and future energy contingency planning efforts to enhance their effectiveness. As part of a study performed for the Office of Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation, case studies were made of emergency transportation energy conservation actions implemented, or attempted, in Los Angeles, Dallas-Fort Worth, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Seattle, Rhode Island, and New York State. Types of emergency transportation actions most commonly implemented or attempted by the case study areas were (1) expanded public information and marketing distribution systems, (2) emergency expansion of ridesharing (carpool and vanpool services), (3) rehabilitation and placing in service of standby reserve or "mothball" fleet buses, (4) implementation of odd-even and/or minimum (maximum) fuel purchase restrictions, and (5) monitoring of transit ridership and shifting buses to the most heavily used routes. These case studies discuss, and partially assess, the major transportation energy contingency actions implemented, key implementation problems encountered, and actions planned but not implemented.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • See also PB81-232894.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Peat, Marwick, Mitchell and Company

    1990 K Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20006

    Office of the Secretary of Transportation

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • SCHUEFTAN, O
    • Ellis, R H
  • Publication Date: 1981-2

Media Info

  • Pagination: 106 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00346115
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 289-53265-30-40, DOT-P-30-81-06, DOT-I-81-6
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-OST-78-017-9
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 22 2003 12:00AM