This paper summarizes recent findings concerning actions taken by individuals to save transportation energy during the crisis of 1973-1974. Studies in three small communities in New York State are contrasted with a study in suburban Chicago, and with aggregate trends in car purchasing, transit usage, and urural travel mileage. Significant findings include: (1) in New York, 80% of surveyed households took at least one action to conserve energy, but actions taken were minor in scope, generally involved work travel, and concerned the individual and his immediate family; (2) in Chicago, actions taken concentrated on nonwork travel, also with little impact; (3) both studies suggest that gas price increases alone would not significantly influence travel demand; (4) while total car purchases fell sharply, no shift was observed to smaller cars-- most households appeared to adopt a "wait-and-see" attitude; (5) transit usage rose during the crisis, but slid back later in 1974. /HSRI/

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  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 24 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00148981
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Highway Safety Research Institute
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Report No. 86
  • Created Date: Apr 27 1977 12:00AM