In their 2013 report, Mark Z. Jacobson et al outlined several claims regarding the conversion New York State infrastructure to 100% WWS by 2030. In evaluating the feasibility of their claims with regards to transportation, we will investigate the following claims:
- Hydrogen fuel cells, electric powered vehicles, and hybrid models will be sufficient replacements for current gasoline powered vehicles by 2020.
- All new vehicles sold in NYS must be electric battery, hydrogen fuel cell, or a electric-hydrogen hybrid by 2020.
- HFC ships, tractors, forklifts, buses, passenger vehicles, and trucks already exist. Electric vehicles, ferries, and non-road machinery also exist.
- Within 15 years, New York State’s entire vehicle fleet will be replaced by sustainably-powered vehicles.
- Public transit can be streamlined and expanded to reduce transportation footprint.
- Telecommuting is becoming a feasible corporate model to reduce transportation needs
As a starting point for our assessment of these claims, the following tables and links illustrate statistics involving private vehicle registration, public vehicle ownership, and use of sustainable fuel options.
DMV Vehicle Registrations
|Vehicle Classification||Statewide Registered||NYC Registered|
MTA SELF REPORTED STATISTICS
|2014 operating budget||$13.6 billion|
|Average weekday ridership||8,658,764|
|Rail and subway lines, and bus routes||352|
|Rail and subway cars||8,759|
|Bus route miles||2,816|
|Rail and subway stations||736|