TRANSIT'S ENERGY EFFICIENCY: MAKING A GOOD THING BETTER

An attempt is made to point out several areas where energy conservation is possible, specifically, in existing public transit systems and in general urban passenger transportation systems, through the more effective use of these systems. The paper focuses on short-term solutions and the initial, but essential steps to long-term solutions. Current direct energy consumption statistics for the standard transit modes (city/suburban transit bus-usually diesel fueled, and the rail modes such as light rail, rapid transit and commuter rail) as compared to the urban automobile. Three changes that can be made to the transit system itself to improve its efficiency are discussed. These changes include vehicle technology improvement and two types of relatively low-cost network improvements. It is noted that current technology allows a shift to electrical power. Staggered working hours would allow system utilization to rise greatly without heavy capital expenditures. Traffic management schemes and proper pricing of energy intensive modes will increase transit ridership levels of service which will create a feedback loop to further increase ridership, levels of service, and reduce regional energy consumption.

  • Corporate Authors:

    American Public Transit Association

    1225 Connecticut Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC  USA  20036
  • Authors:
    • Bernard III, M J
    • LaBelle, S J
  • Publication Date: 1977

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  • Accession Number: 00157256
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 23 1981 12:00AM