THE WORLD ENERGY CRISIS AND ITS EFFECT ON THE OPERATION OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT

The historical background to the crisis is briefly reviewed (with special reference to the impact of crude oil prices, the balance of payments and the role of public transport) and its impact on public transit is examined with reference to transit usage, capacity, operating cost, construction costs and environmental concerns. Public transport's short term and long term responses to the crisis are discussed. Significant usage increases were noted in the height of the crisis, and no system was subject to capacity restraints in accommodating the passengers. High operating and construction costs have also stemmed from the energy crisis. Internal conservation efforts, technological improvements, improved service with maximum penetration into target markets, incentive fares, informational services to promote ridership, and public policy steps to discourage automobile usage are identified as short term responses to the crisis. Established standards on energy usage, vehicle (public transit and automobile) design, elimination of redundant services, and standardization of equipment could be among several other longer term effects of the crisis.

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  • Pagination: 13 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00099734
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: No. 7a
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1981 12:00AM