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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 Princeville, NC, Heritage Trail

    Jim Evans, the Trans­portation Manager for the Washington Office (WASO) (see related Profile on the nps.gov/transporta­tion/ web site) reports that the NPS project he is proudest of is the construction of the Heritage Trail and facili­ties in Princeville, N.C.

    “Princeville is a town of about 2,100 inhabitants, founded at the end of the Civil War by freed slaves,” Evans said. “It was charted in 1885, and is one of the oldest towns in the United States chartered by African Americans.”

    The legacy of Princeville is one of survivorship. In the 135 years since the town was founded, the residents of Princeville have struggled to maintain their community identity in the face of racial discrimination, abject pov­erty, and constant flooding that has formed a swampy, mosquito-infected floodplain.

    In September 1999 the town was devastated by floods caused by Hurricane Floyd. The waters of the Tar River overtopped the Princeville Dike and floodwaters cov­ered the entire town. “The floods destroyed most of the housing, public facilities, and businesses,” Evans said. “The town’s leaders, who struggled to respond, were themselves victims who had lost their dwellings, their personal possessions and heirlooms, and whose own safety was endangered.”

    In response to the damage, the Secretaries of DOD, USDA, DOC, DOL, HHS, HUD, and DOT, the Adminis­trators of EPA and SBA, the Director of OMB, the Com­mander of the Army Corps of Engineers, the Director of FEMA, the Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy, the Assistant to the President for Economic Policy, and the Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs were called into action.

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    Jim Evans

    Jim Evans, Transportation Program Manager with the WASO, has been a long-time resident of Washington, D.C.

    “As a military brat, I was fortunate when we settled in the D.C. area,” said Jim. “My father became a controller at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, and was connected with the Army War College.” . MORE >

    Report Issued On Economic Impacts of Visitor Spending

    According to a July 21, 2014 release by Jeffrey G. Olson, NPS Public Information Officer,  national park visitors contributed $26.5 billion to the nation’s economy and supported almost 240,000 jobs in 2013, according to a report released by the National Park Service last week. MORE>

    Yellowstone (YELL) Begins Phase 1 of Major Road Upgrade Project

    In early June, Yellowstone National Park kicked off a new project to widen a 16-mile stretch of road between Norris Geyser Basin and the Golden Gate area. The first phase of the project, which will cost approximately $20 million, will come out of the federal highway bill.MORE>

    Clean Cities National Parks Initiative

    Clean Cities, a project of the U.S. Department of Energy, partners with the NPS through the Clean Cities National Parks Initiative to support transportation projects that educate park visitors on the benefits of cutting petroleum use and vehicle emissions. MORE>

    TRB Report: Applying GPS Data to Understand Travel Behavior

    The Transportation Research Board's (TRB) National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) has released Volume 2 of its Report 775: Applying GPS Data to Understand Travel Behavior—Guidelines. MORE>

    New FHWA Pedestrian-Bicyclist Research Underway

    According to a June MAP-21 Research Quarterly Newsletter article, "...FHWA Office of Planning, Environment, and Realty's pedestrian and bicycle research agenda supports both Federal and State-level bicycle projects with new research that was slated to begin in early June. MORE>