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ATP Partners

The National Park Service (NPS) has long relied on partnerships with outside organizations to enhance resource protection and the visitor experience. The dedication to park units’ resource protection and providing quality visitor experiences affects a broad array of citizens, government agencies, and interest groups. Partnerships allow the NPS to tap the skills and resources of the larger community, and enable NPS to extend its mission outside park boundaries.

Who Are Our Partners?
Partner groups will vary according to the park and the issues, but there are partner groups at the state and federal level that should always be contacted when seeking project approval and funding assistance.

The NPS transportation program is actively exploring the use of a variety of transportation modes to accommodate visitors, alleviate congestion, improve the visitor experience, and protect park resources. The Alternative Transportation Program (ATP) was developed by the NPS in 1998 to respond to the growing demand for innovative solutions to complex transportation challenges. The program consists of professionals working in partnership with the Federal Lands Highway Division of the Federal Highway Administration to provide policy guidance, funding, preplanning assistance, and other services related to alternative transportation.

Below you will find links to several resources describing the National Park Service’s work with a variety of partnerships in developing additional alternative transportation modes.


Partnering for Success: Techniques for Working With Partners to Plan for Alternative Transportation The first resource, Partnering for Success: Techniques for Working With Partners to Plan for Alternative Transportation, is based on interviews and other materials gathered from nine National Park units: Acadia National Park, Cape Cod National Seashore, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Grand Canyon National Park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Mt. Rainier National Park, Lowell National Historical Park, Yosemite National Park, and Zion National Park. 
   
Partnering for Transportation Success at Acadia National Park The second resource is a compainion document, Partnering for Transportation Success at Acadia National Park, is an in-depth case study of the Island Explorer a shuttle bus system designed to respond to growing traffic congestion both in Maine's Acadia National Park and in the adjacent towns on Mount Desert Island, especially Bar Harbor.   This case study includes lessons learned from planning and implementing alternative transportation systems (ATS) and from developing partnerships with local and regional communities.
   
Planning Through Partnerships: Alternative Transportation at Boston Harbor Istlands National Park Area The third resource is Planning Through Partnerships: Alternative Transportation at Boston Harbor Istlands National Park Area. This brief case study tells the story of a successful and collaborative transportation planning process that has been instrumental in securing political and financial support for transportation facilities. Rather than hiring an outside consultant to develop a transportation plan for the park, Boston Harbor Islands used planning funds from the NPS Alternative Transportation Program to work hand- in- hand with the partners of the park-nonprofit institutions, advocacy organizations, and municipal and state agencies-to create a vision for transportation at the park that all of the participants could embrace.