TRAVEL IMPACTS OF FUEL SHORTAGES AND PRICE INCREASES

This attempt to document the impact of the energy crisis on travel behavior in 3 cities, studied trends in values for each variable by calculating absolute changes and percent changes for corresponding months of previous years, and predicted 1974 values by extrapolation of the trends where possible. Where no data existed before 1973, or where there were only weak trends, 1973 data were used as the projected 1974 values and other times only absolute comparisons to 1973 were made. Changes in air quality, gasoline sales, auto volumes, mass transit ridership, gasoline price, and auto occupancy are correlated with vehicle miles traveled. After each variable was collected. Price elasticity and cross-elasticity were used to determine the data relationships where possible. The study results for Washington, D.C., Boston and Denver are detailed. It was found that the above mentioned variables are adequate to describe short term reactions to increased gasoline taxes and/or gasoline allocations. These variables are currently reported at different states of aggregation with localized conditions masking the relationships. It was also noted that these variables are not adequate for formulation of air quality programs.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Proceedings of the 45th Annual Meeting held in Seattle, Washington, August 17-21, 1975.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Institute of Traffic Engineers

    2029 K Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20006
  • Authors:
    • Curry, J P
    • Rutherford, G S
    • Piske, W E
    • Scardino, C
  • Publication Date: 1975-8

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  • Accession Number: 00128812
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 29 1981 12:00AM