Energy Sensitivity of Transportation Planning Techniques

Report No: 81-R51

Published in 1981

About the report:

This report first identifies the behavioral phenomena that underlie traveler responses to the cost and supply of transportation modes and services. Observations on individual travel behavior are aggregated to indicate land use and developmental changes that are anticipated to occur. These findings establish suggested future scenarios from which the requirements that show the ability of transportation planning procedures to address the effects of energy prices, conservation policies, and energy shortages on individual and aggregate travel behavior are derived. Recently proposed methodologies are evaluated and critiqued for their ability to solve the problem. A philosophical interpretation relating energy considerations and transportation planning methods is given in which a mathematical framework is provided for direct application with data or for qualitatively organizing the problem.

Disclaimer Statement:The contents of this report reflect the views of the author(s), who is responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth Transportation Board, or the Federal Highway Administration. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. Any inclusion of manufacturer names, trade names, or trademarks is for identification purposes only and is not to be considered an endorsement.


  • Debra A. Grist, Michael J. Demetsky, Ph.D.

Last updated: January 22, 2024

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