ENERGY IMPACTS OF TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT ACTIONS IN NEW YORK, 1978-1980

This report documents the findings of a recent extensive study to determine the energy savings of TSM actions taken or planned in New York State of 1978-80. For those actions planned for implementation by 1980, both the direct energy savings and energy costs of construction and maintenance were quantified. The main determinants of an action's savings are its effect on vehicle-miles-of-travel and travel speeds. These changes were determined through various methods, including assignment-based techniques, traffic flow approaches, use of transit fare and service elasticities, and case study reveiws. For those categories of actions which result in a mode shift by vehicle drivers, the impact of the use of the car left home was included in the calculations. Energy costs resulted from the manufacture, construction, installation, operation and/or maintenance of the facilities and equipment required of each action. The analysis found net energy savings of 22.9, 25.5, and 28.1 million equivalent gallons of gasoline for 1978, 1979, and 1980, respectively. These figures represent approximately 0.5% of the total annual gasoline consumtion in the State. Those actions which conserve the overall largest amounts of energy are: traffic operational improvements; ridersharing activities; amenities for transit passengers; computerized traffic control systems; improved transit marketing; reduced off-peak transit fares; and park-and-ride services. Certain other TSM actions, including demand responsive transit services and express bus services, have a negative net energy impact. On the average, energy costs represent approximately 15% of energy savings. Energy savings occur in all urban areas of the State with 65% of the savings found in the New York City Region. /Author/

  • Corporate Authors:

    New York State Department of Transportation

    Planning Division, State Campus, Building 4
    Albany, NY  USA  12232
  • Authors:
    • Gross, J M
    • Boyle, D K
    • Cohen, G S
    • Erlbaum, N S
    • Kocis, M A
    • Koeppel, KWP
  • Publication Date: 1979-5

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 415 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00195623
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: PRR 151
  • Files: TRIS, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 7 1981 12:00AM