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URBAN FUTURES: TRANSPORTATION IN AN ERA OF FUEL SHORTAGES.


17460. URBAN FUTURES: TRANSPORTATION IN AN ERA OF FUEL SHORTAGES.

This paper addresses how alternative transportation services and use systems might be structured in cities in the future after diminished fuel reserves and soaring fuel costs render reliance on personal fossil fuel-based cars unfeasible. The analysis proposes various alternative transportation systems to respond to the situation, examining problems and opportunities in their implementation, and looking at how reducing dependence on fossil-fuel based private vehicles would impact city planning and the structures of everyday life for the city’s residents. It is argued that a variety of transportation alternatives will need to be implemented to address the situation, including increased use of people-powered transportation methods such as bicycles, tricycles/pedicabs and walking; expansion of mass-transit focused on light rail and electric vehicles; and increased use of personal and public vehicles utilizing alternative fuels (electric, hydrogen fuel cell, etc.). In addition, it is recommended that city planners pursue policies of urban densification and implement incentives and infrastructure encouraging increased reliance on high-tech substitutes (e.g., telecommuting) to physical transportation. Keywords: urban planning fuel shortage gas prices transportation mass transit bicycles. 12 pages, 36 footnotes; 22 bibliographic sources. 2,928 words.
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