THE EFFECT OF ENERGY CONSTRAINTS ON TRAVEL PATTERNS: GASOLINE PURCHASE STUDY

In response to the OPEC oil embargo of the winter of 1974, the Federal Highway Administration initiated a small scale study into the effect of gasoline shortages on travel patterns. Participants were volunters for the field staff of the Federal Highway Administration. The conclusions of this study on gasoline purchase patterns are as follows: a) that the demand for gasoline was not price responsive for the study population, which was high income and small city oriented; b) that the shortages of the winter of 1974 were of insufficient duration to cause changes in the travel patterns of the study population. Such changes were hypothesized to have been smaller car purchases with small engines, lessened miles traveled, greater frequency of gasoline purchase, and changes in home or work location. These changes did not occur; c) that the only means available to reduce the amount of gasoline purchased for the study population was constrained availability-either by gas rationing or by reduced allocations to stations.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Federal Highway Administration

    Urban Planning Division, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590
  • Authors:
    • Skinner, L E
  • Publication Date: 1975-7

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 35 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00128596
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Final Rpt.
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Mar 10 1976 12:00AM