Park Seeks Public Input on Proposed Shuttle Bus Fee
Contact: Nancy Walther, (770) 427-4686
Park staff is seeking public comment on a proposed fee increase to the shuttle bus operation at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. The shuttle bus operates on weekends and takes visitors to the top of the mountain. This service enhances the visitor's safety and park experience by allowing them to walk or run up the mountain road without the volume of constant vehicular traffic. At this time, the park is proposing a fee increase from $2/adult to $3/adult and from $1/child to $1.50/children ages 6-11, children under the age of 6 would continue to ride for free.
In 1974, the park officials determined that the road to the top of Kennesaw Mountain was overly congested on the weekends and closed it to vehicular traffic. A bus would shuttle visitors to the top of the mountain every 30 minutes on both Saturdays and Sundays. In 2005, the park officials implemented a fee to ride the bus to the top of the mountain of $2/adult and $1/child, ages 6-11. All children under the age of six, ride the bus for free. Last year, the park received funding to purchase a hybrid electric shuttle bus that is handicap accessible.
The fees collected each year for the operation of this service cover 35% of our cost to operate the shuttle bus. The park supplements the cost from the operations budget. This transportation fee increase would help offset the cost of the shuttle bus operation which would allow the park officials to divert funds back into park operations.
There is no charge for the shuttle service for visitors that have an Interagency pass, Interagency Senior pass, or an Interagency Access pass.
The park officials encourage the public to submit your comments on the proposed transportation fee increase by March 20, 2013 to:
Did You Know?
During the War Between the States, it is estimated that less than 20% of the battle casualties were caused by artillery. During the 2-week battle at Kennesaw Mountain, there were almost constant artillery duels. Little damage was actually done, except at close range with a canister.