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Transport Beyond Oil

Policy Choices for a Multimodal Future


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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

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Table of contents (17 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvi
  2. Introduction Moving from Disaster to Opportunity

    1. Introduction Moving from Disaster to Opportunity

      • John L. Renne, Billy Fields
      Pages 1-8
  3. Petroleum Consumption Impacts and Trends

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 9-9
    2. The Role of Transportation in Climate Disruption1

      • Deborah Gordon, David Burwell
      Pages 11-30
    3. Oil Vulnerability in the American City

      • Neil Sipe, Jago Dodson
      Pages 31-50
    4. How Does Induced Travel Affect Sustainable Transportation Policy?

      • Robert B. Noland, Christopher S. Hanson
      Pages 70-85
    5. Bending the Curve

      • Deron Lovaas, Joanne R. Potter
      Pages 86-104
  4. Transportation and Oil Dependence: A Modal Analysis

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 105-105
    2. Taking the Car out of Carbon

      • Projjal K. Dutta
      Pages 126-140
    3. High-Speed Rail and Reducing Oil Dependence

      • Petra Todorovich, Edward Burgess
      Pages 141-160
    4. The Challenges and Benefits of Using Biodiesel in Freight Railways

      • Simon McDonnell, Jie Jane Lin
      Pages 161-177
    5. Healthy, Oil-Free Transportation

      • Kevin Mills
      Pages 178-187
  5. Moving Forward

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 201-201
    2. Deteriorating or Improving?

      • Jeffrey Kenworthy
      Pages 244-264

About this book

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.


  • Economics
  • Infrastructure
  • Mass transit
  • Oil
  • Transportation
  • landscape/regional and urban planning

Editors and Affiliations

  • Transportation Institute, University of New Orleans, New Orleans, USA

    John L. Renne

  • College of Liberal Arts Department of Political Science UAC 332, Texas State University-San Marcos, San Marcos, USA

    Billy Fields

About the editors

Dr. Renne has extensive experience in the intersection of transportation and land use policy. He served as a principal investigator on transit-oriented development (TOD) projects for the New Jersey Department of Transportation, the Transportation Research Board, and the State of Western Australia’s Department for Planning and Infrastructure. He was co-editor of Transit-Oriented Development: Making It Happen (2009). He is an Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and Transportation Studies and is Director of the University of New Orleans Transportation Studies program.  Dr. Renne serves as the Chair of Research for the American Planning Association’s Transportation Planning Division and the Secretary of the Transportation Research Board’s Transportation and Land Development Committee.  He is also the Managing Director of The TOD Group, LLC, a private development firm building a TOD in Denver, Colorado.Dr. Fields is an expert in active transportation policies serving on the Transportation Research Board’s Bicycle Committee and previously serving as the Director of Research for the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy in Washington. He was the Associate Director of the Gulf Coast Center for Evacuation and Transportation Resiliency and the Director of the Center for Urban and Public Affairs at the University of New Orleans.  Dr. Fields serves as PI on local and national studies of active transportation. He is now an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Texas State University. His research focuses on understanding the key elements of resilient communities. He has examined resiliency from transportation, urban planning, and hazard mitigation perspectives through positions as the Director of Research at Rails-to-Trails Conservancy in Washington, DC and most recently as the Director of the Center of Urban and Public Affairs at the University of New Orleans. Recent publications from Dr. Fields have appeared in the Journal of Public Health Policy, the Journal of Urban Design, and Cityscape. Dr. Fields holds a B.A. from Trinity University and MPA and PhD from the University of New Orleans.

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