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Accession Number PB2013-111024
Title Energy Savings Strategies for Transit Agencies. A Synthesis of Transit Practice.
Publication Date 2013
Media Count 78p
Personal Author F. Gallivan
Abstract Transit agencies can help individuals reduce energy use by providing alternatives to travel in personal vehicles. They also consume significant amounts of energy providing this service. Reducing energy consumed by transit agencies can lower costs, reduce environmental impacts, and improve customer service. This study describes how transit agencies are reducing energy use and is based on survey responses from 51 diverse agencies across the country, a literature review of a variety of academic and professional publications, and case examples of four agencies. Transit agencies use energy to power, clean, maintain, and repair their revenue and nonrevenue vehicles. They also use energy to provide heating, cooling, and electricity to stations, stops, administrative buildings, garages, and other facilities. Finally, agencies indirectly consume energy embodied in construction materials, water, and waste. These different uses of energy represent opportunities for transit agencies to reduce their energy use and expenditures through strategies that range from the very simple (such as switching to more energy-efficient light bulbs) to more complicated (such as operating a wind farm on agency right-of-way). These strategies can reduce both an agency's costs and its environmental footprint, and some can also improve service quality.
Keywords Alternatives
Customer services
Energy conservation
Energy consumption
Environmental impact
Motor vehicles
Public transportation
Transit industries

Source Agency National Academy of Science Transportation Research Board
NTIS Subject Category 97B - Energy Use, Supply, & Demand
97G - Policies, Regulations & Studies
91B - Transportation & Traffic Planning
85 - Transportation
Corporate Author ICF International Associates, Inc., Fairfax, VA.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1324
Contract Number N/A

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