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Total energy and labor requirements for an electric commuter railroad

Authors
Journal
Energy
0360-5442
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
3
Issue
4
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0360-5442(78)90015-4
Disciplines
  • Economics

Abstract

Abstract Input-output analysis is used to examine an electric commuter railroad operating out of New York City, U.S.A., in 1971. The direct and indirect energy costs of propulsion, station operation and rail-plant investments are all computed per passenger-mile of travel. A similar analysis is conducted to determine direct and indirect employment generated per passenger-mile. Results show that, with electricity valued at 11,032 Btu/kWh, commuter rail travel required 9900 Btu and 8.5 millionths of a job per passenger-mile.

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