TRANSPORTATION ENERGY CONSIDERATION IN THE URBAN ENVIRONMENT

A number of means for conserving fuel including alternative fuels, alternative modes, and various economic incentives are discussed. The discussion and graphic representations of present energy uses and future energy demand point out that petroleum consumption rates must be reduced, and raise questions concerning how much total reduction is required, where different proportions should occur, and the consequences of different procedures. It is noted that there are a large number of possibilities with significant potential for fuel saving, and that it is important that each be developed promptly and to the fullest extent. Transportation fuel efficiency is discussed and figures are used to show the percentages of highway fuel that would be saved compared to the proportion of usage of various conservation means. Improving auto miles per gallon is one of the means for conservation having the highest potential. In the short run, improvement in consolidation (car pooling or combining truck shipments) of trips has a high potential. Other possibilities include switching to a motorcycle or transit for the trip to work. The management of highway finances and other resources for projects which encourage fuel conservation such as carpool-bus lanes, and which reduce fuel wasting congestion, grades and stops can achieve quick results at moderate cost.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Presented at Session 4, Urban Transportation, the Urban Environment, Annual Meeting of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Kansas City, Missouri, October 21, 1974.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590
  • Authors:
    • French, A
  • Publication Date: 1975-10-2

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 31 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00141065
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Contract Numbers: HPR-40
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Oct 6 1981 12:00AM