This paper addresses the question: What effect will the changing energy markets of the future have on the U.S. transportation system through 2020? The answer given is "a great deal, and very little." A great deal is explained as a tightening of the petroleum market during this period, with an attendant rise in market power of a few producers, resulting in higher prices and economic vulnerability that will heighten the need for improved efficiency and begin to generate viable markets for alternative energy sources. Also, much will have to be done to advance the technology of transportation energy use both for alternative energy sources and the efficiency of motor fuel use. Concerns about environmental quality and national security are likely to be the driving forces that will begin the transition to alternative fuels. However, the changing energy markets will have very little effect on the operational characteristics of the U.S. transportation system, for it will continue to be a system that consists of automobile-dominated personal transportation and truck-dominated freight transport, and that is experiencing expanded use of air travel.

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 207-231
  • Monograph Title: A LOOK AHEAD: YEAR 2020
  • Serial:

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  • Accession Number: 00486287
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0-309-04702-1
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-040 656
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 31 1989 12:00AM