THE IMMEDIATE IMPACT OF GASOLINE SHORTAGES ON URBAN TRAVEL BEHAVIOR

In response to the gasoline shortage of 1974, a small-scale home interview survey was conducted in an attempt to identify and define (1) changes in the price elasticity of demand for gasoline, (2) procedures for characterizing gasoline supply in travel behavior models, and (3) key implications for the development of transportation and urban design policies. The survey, conducted in the northern suburbs of Chicago among households with a high level of automobile ownership, used a questionnaire design to measure changes in travel behavior, attitudes, and perceptions as a result of the increased price and decreased availability of gasoline. The study suggests that only an artificially constrained supply of gasoline, rather than modest increases in price, seem a promising control for consumption.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Northwestern University, Evanston

    Department of Civil Engineering, 600 Foster Street
    Evanston, IL  USA  60208

    Federal Highway Administration

    Urban Planning Division, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590
  • Authors:
    • Peskin, R L
    • Schofer, J L
    • Stopher, P R
  • Publication Date: 1975-4

Media Info

  • Pagination: 150 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00090629
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Final Rpt
  • Contract Numbers: FH-11-8500
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 10 1975 12:00AM