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According to the 2007 National Transit Databases, the energy intensity of light transit rail systems in the U.S. ranges from about 2,000 Btu per passenger-mile to about 31,000 Btu per passenger-mile. There are only four light rail systems with energy intensity over 10,000 Btu per passenger-mile. These systems may have improved energy intensity in 2008 due to an increase in ridership (opens a window to American Public Transportation Association).

Energy Intensity of Light Rail Transit Systems, 2007
Graph showing the energy intensity in various cities in 2007. The energy intensity of light transit rail systems in the U.S. ranges from about 2,000 Btu per passenger-mile (San Diego, CA) to about 31,000 Btu per passenger-mile (Galveston, TX). For more detailed information, see the table below.

 

Supporting Information

Energy Intensity of Light Rail Transit Systems, 2007
Place Btu per Passenger Mile
San Diego, CA 2,065
Portland, OR 2,387
Salt Lake City, UT 2,614
St. Louis, MO 2,684
Houston, TX 2,896
Boston, MA 3,023
Los Angeles, CA 3,158
Minneapolis, MN 3,258
Denver, CO 3,829
Dallas, TX 4,433
Sacramento, CA 4,677
San Francisco, CA 4,843
Seattle, WA 4,981
Philadelphia, PA 5,193
San Jose, CA 5,316
Newark, NJ 5,378
New Orleans, LA 5,612
Buffalo, NY 5,733
Cleveland, OH 6,753
Tampa, FL 7,470
Average of All Light Rail Systems 7,605
Baltimore, MD 8,379
Pittsburgh, PA 9,163
North Little Rock, AR 14,734
Memphis, TN 19,726
Kenosha, WI 28,422
Galveston, TX 31,013

Source: Calculated by Oak Ridge National Laboratory from the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, Annual 2007 National Transit Databases.

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