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NPS Transportation Innovative Finance OptionsMay 2013; John A. Volpe National Transportation Center. The John A Volpe National Transportation Systems Center released in May 2013 a new paper titled NPS Transportation Innovative Finance Options. The concise 13-page document provides a summary of innovative finance techniques and how they can be applicable within the National Park Service.Financing techniques discussed in the paper include public-private partnerships, tolling/value pricing, value capture / tax increment financing, infrastructure bank, and grant management tools. The closing section of the document provides suggestions for how to incorporate innovative finance techniques into the context of the NPS transportation program. The paper contains examples of several parks and how they have made use of innovative financing techniques. (PDF | 375K)

Cape Cod National Seashore Alternative Transportation Partnership  - May 2012; Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in Parks Technical Assistance Center (TRIPTAC).  The Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in Parks Technical Assistance Center (TRIPTAC) released this Partnership Case Study: Cape Cod National Seashore Alternative Transportation Partnership. This 30-page report includes a detailed timeline of the development of the Cape Cod Transit Task Force and the alternative transportation partnerships, a breakdown of the specific transportation services currently offered, and a map of Cape Cod showing the various routes and services. The report also looks at some specific recent studies that will inform future planning efforts. These studies include an integrated bicycle study for Cape Cod (2010); an intelligent transportations systems (ITS) study completed in 2010, a parking and transit study, a climate change pilot project study, and the Outer Cape Maintenance Facility location study. A chapter details the funding arrangements for the partnership activities. The report closes with a chapter on Lessons Learned, and a look at possible future partnership activities. (PDF | 843 Kb)

Bus and Ferry Lifecycle Cost Modeling Systems Available from Volpe Center - December 2011; John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center.
Many federal land management agencies receive funding for bus and ferry vehicles without much prior knowledge of the costs associated with those vehicles over their lifespan. To assist in asset management planning, the John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center has developed spreadsheets containing a series of cost models to help federal land units staff identify the types of vehicles that will best suit their needs over the entire life cycle of the vehicle. The Bus Lifecycle Cost Model and the Ferry Lifecycle Cost Model are in the Excel .xlsm format. Each model comes with a user's guide in the .pdf format.  Download them from the VOLPE site in the link above.

Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) in the National Parks System and Other Federal Public Lands - September 2011; John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center.
This report details the state of ITS deployment across all federal land management agencies (FLMAs) in 2011, updating a Volpe Center report completed in 2005. An assessment of the types of ITS technologies in use by public lands units, the prevalence of the deployment of specific technologies, and the technical and institutional barriers towards the advancement of ITS involvement in public lands is included. The report identified little expansion of ITS technologies in recent years, outlining steps which can be taken to improve and further advance the use of ITS in public lands. (PDF | 2.8 Mb)

Reauthorization Resource Booklet - 2009; Park Roads and Parkways Program (PRPP).
This document presents the needs of the National Park Service (NPS) Transportation System to be considered and addressed in the reauthorization of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) (Public Law 109-59), signed into law August 10, 2005. Included are summaries of the overall condition of the NPS Transportation System-a diverse and disparate network spread across 394 park units throughout the United States and its territories. The document also presents funding recommendations for continuing to restore and improve the NPS Park Roads and Parkways Program (PRPP). (PDF | 12.6 Mb)

Service Times and Capacity at NP Entrance Stations Case Studies
L ong queues of vehicles at Park entrance stations during peak season is a problem for many National Parks and Monuments. This report, Service Times and Capacity at National Park Entrance Stations will be of interest to Park Superintendents, Chief Rangers, Facility Managers, Fee Managers, and Park Planners at these Parks. Three case studies are presented to illustrate how planning can be used to design new or replacement entrance stations or to improve the efficiency and operation of existing entrance stations.