A study was initiated to determine the future (1985 and 1995) per capita energy use for urban transportation given different alternative transport modes, restricted and planned urban growth patterns, and charges in lifestyle and social attitudes. An attempt was made to arrive at a BTU per person per day figure for various transport schemes in a variety of urban settings. This BTU figure would serve as a measure of energy efficiency and fuel conservation and could become a pertient factor in the urban transportation planning process. In the study, nine urban transportation energy use scenarios were developed for San Diego. Included in the scenarios were transportation alternatives, from new power plants to light and heavy rail transit, and social changes from slight inconveniences to the public to radical changes in lifestyle necessary for high density living. The study found that the bus is potentially the least energy consumptive urban transport mode provided controls are placed on automobile use. The amount of energy consumed in the construction as well as operation of fixed guideway urban transit systems accounts for the fact that light rail and heavy rail transit systems become equally energy consumptive in 1995. A significant finding was that changes in lifestyle have a greater effect on energy consumed for transportation than the use of a particular transit mode or type of automobile power plant.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Joint Center for Transportation Studies

    202 C Street
    San Diego, CA  United States  92101
  • Authors:
    • Taylor, T M
    • Heiges, H E
  • Publication Date: 1976-7

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 79-81
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00185394
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transportation Perspectives
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 3 1979 12:00AM