EVALUATION OF INTERACTION BETWEEN RURAL REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION AND ENERGY AVAILABILITY

The energy crisis of 1973 can be considered an indicator of future problems. The impact on personal and goods mobility alone will have far-reaching consequences, not only in the urban areas but also in the rural regions. In fact, because of the less dense population distribution, rural regions are more sensitive to changes in energy form, cost, and availability. Maintaining the desirability of U.S. rural regions as a place to live is important to the welfare not only of this country but also of other countries of the world who depend on U.S. food exports for their survival. The wholesale abandonment of unproductive railroad lines imposes limitations on the economic viability of bypassed small cities. It creates constraints in the options for electric power generation and distribution system development and will have a dramatic effect on the economics of grain terminal locations and grain transportation. Even the system for providing heat to isolated farm homes and small towns will be interrelated with transportation forms of the future. Transportation system decisions have far-reaching implications on individual life-styles and the welfare of the nation, and it behooves decision makers to consider these interrelationships.

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 12-22
  • Monograph Title: Transportation energy conservation and demand
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00134004
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309024714
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jul 13 1977 12:00AM