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CFP Action Plan - Transportation

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Biodiesel Flex shuttle bus provided for visitors





Reduce park operations'

transportation emissions to

20 percent below 2007 levels by 2020.

In 2007, mobile combustion from visitors accounts for 82 percent of Cape Cod National Seashore's total mobile combustion emissions of 2,304 MTCO2E. This emissions source presents both a significant challenge but also a unique opportunity to impact emissions beyond the park boundaries by coordinating with regional transportation systems and partnering with regional transportation organizations.

Completed and Ongoing Actions

  • Purchased Flex and Breeze shuttle buses that are operated by the CC Regional Transit Authority and run on biodiesel.
  • Promote car-free travel options via the SMARTGuide website.
  • Switched from diesel to B-20 biodiesel for park vehicles, and purchased more hybrid vehicles.
  • Purchase and use bio-based lubricants and greases and retread tires in the auto shop.
  • Set aside 5% preferred parking for low-emitting and fuel efficient vehicles at Herring Cove Beach.

Planned Actions

  • Continue to reduce meeting travel.
  • Work with DOE Clean Cities Program to replace fleet vehicles with alternate fuel models.
  • Implement town beach shuttles and jitneys in cooperation with local communities.
  • Explore funding opportunities for alternative fuel transit in park grants such as DOT's Transit in Parks Program (TRIP).
  • Examine options for replacing gasoline powered equipment with electric alternatives (i.e. lawn mowers).
  • Improve bicycle infrastructure as recommended in the 2010 Bicycle Feasibility Study.



CCNS Action Plan




GHG Emissions Reductions


Did You Know?

Race Point, Provincetown, MA

The area at the northernmost tip of Cape Cod National Seashore in Provincetown is known as “Race Point”. It gets its name from the swift tidal “race” that swirls from ocean to bay around the point. The swimming beach is located a safe distance away in calmer waters.