Fuel prices reached unprecedented levels in 2008, dramatically affecting personal mobility and demands on our transportation system. Dependence on foreign sources of oil has been a significant concern to the U.S. economy and national security, as is environmental and climate impacts of international oil extraction and transport.
Cool Connections emphasizes reducing energy consumption through measures that minimize vehicle travel and enhance travel efficiency. They are compatible with the climate protection strategies and best management practices (BMP) developed for the U.S. EPA, State agencies in California and Washington, various Departments of Transportation, Metropolitan Planning Organizations, cities and counties and major developers. Examples of Fehr & Peers experience in these areas include:
- Quantification of BMP in reducing vehicle miles traveled
- Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV) plans and implementation standards
- Market research on regional electric vehicle infrastructure
- LEED ND assessments of vehicle mile reductions for proposed developments projects
- Multi-modal urban mobility plans
- Transit demand management studies to determine cost-effective means of accommodating additional ridership while minimizing the impact on system capacity
- Intelligent Transportation Systems
Fehr & Peers has a well-established presence in planning and design of integrated land use and transportation systems that minimize consumption of non-renewable energy.