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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
|Place||Btu per Passenger Mile|
|San Diego, CA||2,065|
|Salt Lake City, UT||2,614|
|St. Louis, MO||2,684|
|Los Angeles, CA||3,158|
|San Francisco, CA||4,843|
|San Jose, CA||5,316|
|New Orleans, LA||5,612|
|Average of All Light Rail Systems||7,605|
|North Little Rock, AR||14,734|
Source: Calculated by Oak Ridge National Laboratory from the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, Annual 2007 National Transit Databases.