CTS and the MIT Energy Laboratory have initiated a joint project with the US Department of Energy, to develop national energy contingency plans dealing with transportation. These plans would be put into effect in the event of a serious interruption of supplies, such as an oil embargo. The development of such plans was requested by Congress as part of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975. The project is taking a comprehensive approach to transportation contingency planning. Researchers are systematically examining a variety of contingency measures, the likely scenarios under which such measures would be taken, and the mechanisms and resources necessary to implement and enforce the plans. A set of criteria has been establised to screen and evaluate possible contingency measures. These criteria refer to the following issues: impact on travel and fuel use, economic and social impacts, equitable distribution of effects, legal feasibility, resources required for implementation and political and public acceptability. Given special merit in the evaluation are strategies which could be used to achieve several aims at once, and those which would connect Federal contingency planning to related efforts already supported or underway in states and local areas. The project's evaluations have produced a group of related measures focussed on two major categories or travel: the work trip (or commuter travel) which is highly concentrated and can thus utilize public transit and ride sharing in place of private automobiles, and inessential (or discretionary) travel which can be eliminated or sharply curtailed without causing as much hardship.

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    Center for Transportation Studies

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Room 5-014
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02139
  • Publication Date: 1979

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  • Pagination: p. 2-3
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  • Accession Number: 00195410
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 15 1981 12:00AM