Transport Beyond Oil: Policy Choices for a Multimodal Future

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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, ...

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Retired President, American Public Transportation Association - William W. Millar

"Transport Beyond Oil is an excellent compendium of thought-provoking research and information demonstrating how we can move from being a nation whose transportation sector is addicted to oil to a nation whose transportation sector offers sustainable mobility and greater choice in travel options to its citizens.”
University of California and RAND Corporation - Martin Wachs

“I look forward to a world in which people everywhere are more mobile while transport is sustainable. Getting there is a policy challenge in need of deep exploration. This eclectic and readable collection of stimulating essays richly informs the research and lively policy debates that lie ahead.”
President, LOCUS, Prof., GWU School of Business, author, The Option of Urbanism - Christopher B. Leinberger

Transport Beyond Oil shows the supply efficiency and demand mitigation strategies the market and the planet are calling for to get the economy off our transportation oil addiction. This collection will get us closer to kicking our addiction and lead the way to the sensible use of this natural treasure.”
Professor, Urban Studies and Political Science, Simon Fraser University - Anthony Perl

“Because the United States transportation system wastes so much oil today, moving beyond mobility that guzzles gas, diesel, and kerosene like there’s no tomorrow will actually be easier than many anticipate. And after many of the solutions put forward in this book are implemented, people will wonder why America waited so long to break away from such an unhealthy addiction to oil.”
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“Editors Renne (Univ. of New Orleans) and Fields (Texas State Univ.) have produced a well-written volume that makes an excellent case for the need to reduce the oil dependence of the US transportation system”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781610910415
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2013
  • Pages: 344
  • Sales rank: 1,017,939
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


John L. Renne, Ph.D., AICP, is Director of the Merritt C. Becker Jr. University of New Orleans Transportation Institute and Associate Professor in the Department of Planning and Urban Studies at the University of New Orleans.  He is also Managing Director of The TOD Group, LLC. John lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.
 
Billy Fields, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Texas State University. He lives in Austin, Texas.
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Table of Contents


Foreword: Where Have we Come from? Where Are we Going? Interstate 2.0 
Gil Charmichael

 Acknowledgements
 
Introduction: Moving from Disaster to Opportunity: Transitioning the Transportation Sector from Oil-Dependence 
John Renne and Billy Fields

Part 1 Petroleum Consumption Impacts and Trends 

Chapter 1: The Role of Transportation in Driving Climate Disruption
Debbie Gordon and David Burwell

Chapter 2: Oil Vulnerability in the American City 
Neil Sipe and Jago Dodson

Chapter 3: Full Cost Analysis of Petroleum Consumption 
Todd Litman

Chapter 4: How Does Induced Travel Affect Sustainable Transportation Policy? 
Robert Noland and Christopher Hanson

Chapter 5: Bending the Curve:  How Reshaping U.S. Transportation Can Influence Carbon Demand
Deron Lovaas and Joanne Potter

Part 2 Transportation and Oil Dependence: A Modal Analysis  

Chapter 6: Public Transportation as a Solution to Oil Dependence 
Bradley Lane

Chapter 7: Taking the Car Out of Carbon: Mass Transit and Emission Avoidance 
Projjal Dutta

Chapter 8: High-Speed Rail and Reducing Oil Dependence  
Petra Todorovich and Edward Burgess

Chapter 9: The Challenges and Benefits of Using Biodiesel in Freight Railways 
Simon McDonnell and Jie (Jane) Lin

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

Chapter 11: Building an Optimized Freight Transportation System 
Alan Drake

Part 3 Moving Forward 

Chapter 12: Imagining a Future Without Oil for Car Dependent Cities and Regions 
Peter Newman

Chapter 13: The Pent-Up Demand for Transit-Oriented Development and Its Role in Reducing Oil Dependence 
John Renne

Chapter 14: Deteriorating or Improving?: Transport Sustainability Trends in Global Metropolitan Areas  
Jeffrey Kenworthy

Chapter 15: Policy Implications of the Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program: Redefining the Transportation Solution 
Billy Fields and Tony Hull

Chapter 16: From Potential to Practice: Building a National Policy Framework for Transportation Oil Reduction  
Billy Fields, John Renne and Kevin Mills

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