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Transport Beyond Oil

Policy Choices for a Multimodal Future

Renne, John L., Fields, Billy (Eds.)

2013, XV, 321 p.


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  • Well-known transportation, economics, and land use planning from around the world contribute solutions to the long-term, systemic problems underlying America's oil dependence
  • Rich, comprehensive information for academics, planners, and students on our energy and transportation future
  • Provides clear policy recommendations for those looking for practical ways to decrease our dependence on oil through better transportation options

Seventy percent of the oil America uses each year goes to transportation. That means that the national oil addiction and all its consequences, from climate change to disastrous spills to dependence on foreign markets, can be greatly reduced by changing the way we move. In Transport Beyond Oil, leading experts in transportation, planning, development, and policy show how to achieve this fundamental shift.

The authors demonstrate that smarter development and land-use decisions, paired with better transportation systems, can slash energy consumption. John Renne calculates how oil can be saved through a future with more transit-oriented development. Petra Todorovitch examines the promise of high-speed rail. Peter Newman imagines a future without oil for car-dependent cities and regions. Additional topics include funding transit, freight transport, and nonmotorized transportation systems. Each chapter provides policy prescriptions and their measurable results.

Transport Beyond Oil delivers practical solutions, based on quantitative data. This fact-based approach offers a new vision of transportation that is both transformational and achievable.

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » Economics - Infrastructure - Mass transit - Oil - Transportation

Related subjects » Earth System Sciences - Geography - Policy, Economics, Management & Transport - Sustainable Development

Table of contents 

Foreword: Where Have We Come From? Where Are We Going?

Gilbert E. Carmichael


Introduction: Moving from Disaster to Opportunity: Transitioning the Transportation Sector from Oil Dependence

John L. Renne and Billy Fields

Part 1: Petroleum Consumption Impacts and Trends

1. The Role of Transportation in Climate Disruption

Deborah Gordon and David Burwell

2. Oil Vulnerability in the American City

Neil Sipe and Jago Dodson

3. Full Cost Analysis of Petroleum Consumption

Todd Litman

4. How Does Induced Travel Affect Sustainable Transportation Policy?

Robert B. Noland and Christopher S. Hanson

5. Bending the Curve: How Reshaping US Transportation Can Influence Carbon Demand

Deron Lovaas and Joanne R. Potter

Part 2: Transportation and Oil Dependence: A Modal Analysis

6. Public Transportation as a Solution to Oil Dependence

Bradley W. Lane

7. Taking the Car Out of Carbon: Mass Transit and Emission Avoidance

Projjal K. Dutta

8. High-Speed Rail and Reducing Oil Dependence

Petra Todorovich and Edward Burgess

9. The Challenges and Benefits of Using Biodiesel in Freight Railways

Simon McDonnell and Jie (Jane) Lin

10. Healthy, Oil-Free Transportation: The Role of Walking and Bicycling in Reducing Oil Dependence

Kevin Mills, JD

11. Building an Optimized Freight Transportation System

Alan S. Drake

Part 3: Moving Forward

12. Imagining a Future Without Oil for Car-Dependent Cities and Regions

Peter Newman

13. The Pent-Up Demand for Transit-Oriented Development and Its Role in Reducing Oil Dependence

John L. Renne

14. Deteriorating or Improving?: Transport Sustainability Trends in Global Metropolitan Areas

Jeffrey Kenworthy

15. Policy Implications of the Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program: Redefining the Transportation Solution

Billy Fields and Tony Hull

16. From Potential to Practice: Building a National Policy Framework for Transportation Oil Reduction

Billy Fields, John L. Renne, and Kevin Mills

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