FEASIBILITY OF TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS - AN ENERGY-BASED METHODOLOGY

A benefit/cost analysis method for evaluating transportation projects, where the base standard of value is net energy rather than the traditional monetary units, is described. Mathematical models and/or tables are constructed to estimate energy requirements for construction and equipment investments, operations and maintenance requirements, and road user requirements at the project level. The technique was applied to a bus/car pool systems demonstration project in Miami, Florida. Results showed considerable differences between the values obtained by the energy-based benefit/cost method and those obtained by an economic analysis. Assessment of car pool occupancy showed that a change from 3 to 4 persons per vehicle affected running costs only slightly relative to the do-nothing alternative (typically less than 3%). This indicated that the vast portion of energy savings achievable arises from the auto-to-bus shift. For constant speed situations, it was observed that fuel requirements typically made up about 80% of the total running cost energy. For speed change situations, the combined requirements of oil, maintenance, depreciation, and tire wear were about the same as for fuel. /HRIS/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Hurley (Jamie Woodrow, Jr)

    Dept of Civil Engr, Virginia Polytechnic Inst & State Univ
    Blacksburg, VA  United States  24060
  • Authors:
    • Hurley Jr, J W
  • Publication Date: 1975

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  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 152 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00128227
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: PhD Thesis
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 10 1976 12:00AM