Railroad construction opportunities in an age of global warming and peak oil

Trefor Williams

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Abstract

The problems of global warming and peak oil will cause us to reduce our dependence on fossil fuel and the automobile. There is compelling evidence that we will soon need to take action to reduce green house gas emissions and to conserve oil. The changes will require a shift to different modes of transport, particularly, rail for intercity freight and travel, and mass transit for transportation in urban areas. The construction industry must begin to prepare for an environment where there will be a decreasing emphasis on highway construction and more emphasis on the construction of high-speed rail alternatives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationConstruction Research Congress 2012
Subtitle of host publicationConstruction Challenges in a Flat World, Proceedings of the 2012 Construction Research Congress
Pages2420-2428
Number of pages9
DOIs
StatePublished - 2012
EventConstruction Research Congress 2012: Construction Challenges in a Flat World - West Lafayette, IN, United States
Duration: May 21 2012May 23 2012

Publication series

NameConstruction Research Congress 2012: Construction Challenges in a Flat World, Proceedings of the 2012 Construction Research Congress

Other

OtherConstruction Research Congress 2012: Construction Challenges in a Flat World
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityWest Lafayette, IN
Period5/21/125/23/12

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction

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