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    NPS Transportation

    America's national park system entices visitors from across the nation and around the world. Visitors enjoy scenic wonders, learn about important events in America's history, and visit monuments to our nation's heroes.

    An efficient transportation system comprised of roads, bridges, parking lots, and shuttles is pivotal to the "balancing act" between providing access for millions of annual visitors and protecting the natural and cultural resources of the currently 401 park units. This is the role of the Federal Lands Transportation Program (FLTP) within the National Park Service. Safe and efficient transportation systems add to visitors' enjoyment, but also help protect the natural and cultural resources of our national parks.

    Roads, parking lots, bridges, alternative transportation, and intelligent transportation systems-all are important components of the FLTP program. The national parks have experienced explosive growth in visitation, rising from a few hundred thousand visits per year in the early 1900s to more than 280 million visits each year. The ever-increasing number of personal vehicles has overextended park roadways and parking areas well beyond their limits. Within the pages of this site you'll explore the magnitude of the existing challenges, and the methods and actions that will restore our national park treasures for future generations, while providing quality visitor experiences today.

    The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)

    The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act( ARRA) (Public Law 111-5) was signed into law by President Obama within a month of his first taking office in 2009. Through it, the National Park Service was able to invest approximately $750 million in 800 projects across the country.

    Often referred to as The Stimulus or The Recovery Act, ARRA provided funds for projects that were selected through a rigorous process and met specific criteria: address the highest priority mission needs; create the largest number of jobs in the shortest period of time; and create lasting value for the American people. The short timeframe for project completion was a critical factor in the choice of projects.

    “A key to the efficient use of the ARRA funds made available for NPS transportation projects was the fact that we had a number of potential projects that were “shovel-ready,” said Mark Hartsoe, NPS Transportation Branch Chief. “In addition, we had our PTATS tracking system already in place, so we were able to quickly select and award projects and get them underway.

    ” The implementation of the ARRA funds made use of staff and talents across the NPS. “I was involved in the technology side; I managed the Project Management Information System (PMIS), which is a project funding system, a project formulation system,” said Helen Price, who recently retired from the NPS. “My involvement was to get a list of projects into the system right away, and figure out what the reporting requirements were going to be.”

    Helen worked with a team that included coordinators in each region who met on a regular basis to identify specific projects and make sure that they were tracking obligation rates. “We used existing data systems, but set up a “dashboard” that had information that was pulled from those systems,” said Helen. “That dashboard, which dealt just with the ARRA projects, was placed on Inside NPS. It had the financial data associated with ARRA, along with the project reporting data that came from the tracking at DSC, the PTATS system, compliance data, data that was in PMIS, and several other sources.” MORE >

    Mark Hartsoe

    Mark Hartsoe plays a centralized role in the National Park Service’s transportation program.

    As the Transportation Branch Chief of the Federal Lands Highway Program (FLTP), he serves as a liaison with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in the day-to-day administration of a $240 million dollar transportation construction program. . MORE >

    Yosemite National Park Transportation Projects Underway

    Yosemite Lodge Parking Area
    Yosemite National Park has begin the first phase of improvements to the Yosemite Lodge parking area in Yosemite Valley. The completed project will include an expanded parking area just west of Yosemite Lodge. 

    Acadia National Park Begins Transportation Planning Process

    Acadia National Park has started a transportation plan and environmental impact statement with pubic meetings that began in June 2015 and will continue into July. READ MORE>

    The Innovative and Sustainable Transportation Evaluation Process Chosen by CTIP As A FY2015 Project.

    The Coordinated Technology Implementation Program (CTIP) has chosen the NPS's Innovative and Sustainable Transportation Evaluation Process (INSTEP) as one of its projects for FY2015. INSTEP is a tool to facilitate the sustainable development of transportation projects, presented as a non-presecriptive, sustainability evaluation, guidance, and education system. READ MORE>

    Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program (RTCA) Grant Applications Now Being Sought

    The National Park Service staff from the Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) program can help national park managers and their community partners achieve shared conservation and outdoor recreation goals beyond park boundaries. MORE>