TRANSPORTATION: DEPARTMENT SECRETARY CITES MAJOR ENERGY-SHORTAGE PROBLEMS

IN THIS REVIEW OF MAJOR ENERGY SHORTAGE PROBLEMS CITED BY THE SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION, THE CASE IS MENTIONED OF SOME FEDERAL-AID HIGHWAY PROJECTS WHICH ARE BEING DELAYED BECAUSE OF FUEL AND PRICE UNCERTAINITIES. THE EFFORTS MADE BY THE FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION TO ALLEVIATE THE PRESENT PROBLEMS INCLUDE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE DECREASED USE OF CUTBACK ASPHALTS, LOWER MIXING TEMPERATURES AND INCREASED USE OF WATER EMULSIONS. STAGGERED WORK HOURS AND EXCLUSIVE BUS LANES, COULD ADD 25 PERCENT TO AVAILABLE TRANSIT CAPACITY. STUDIES INDICATE THAT FUEL CONSUMPTION RISES RAPIDLY ABOVE 50 MPH WHICH HAS BEEN RECOMMENDED AS A NATIONWIDE SPEED LIMIT. "OVER-ALL PRODUCTIVITY" OF THE LARGE COMBINATION TRUCKS AND INTERCITY BUSES IS EMPHASIZED. THE FHWA INTENDS TO GIVE ALL FORMS OF PUBLIC AND FREIGHT TRANSPORTATION VERY HIGH PRIORITIES IN FUEL ALLOCATIONS. THE OPINION IS EXPRESSED THAT REFINERIES MUST CONVERT MAXIMUM EQUIPMENT AND MANPOWER TO PRODUCE A GREATER AMOUNT OF DISTILLATE FUEL. THE CONSTRUCTION OF DISTILLATE FUEL UNITS BY REFINERIES IS ADVOCATED. THE PRESIDENT OF THE TEAMSTERS BROTHERHOOD OBSERVES THAT A 60 MPH UNIVERSAL SPEED LIMIT ON HIGHWAYS WOULD PERMIT EFFECTIVE USE AND ECONOMY OF FUEL. THE U.S. TRUCK DRIVERS, HOWEVER, DEMAND A MAXIMUM SPEED OF 65 MPH FOR ALL VEHICLES AND A MAXIMUM FUEL PRICE OF 35.9 CENTS PER GALLON FOR DIESEL FUEL.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Energy Users Report

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  • Publication Date: 1973-12-13

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. A-21
  • Serial:
    • Issue Number: 18

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00202497
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 19 1982 12:00AM