Fleet & Transportation

Visitors and a ranger talk next to an energy efficient vehicle

Yellowstone is replacing its fleet with efficient, advanced-technology vehicles where possible.



…creating opportunities to reduce fossil fuel use in our vehicles.

Yellowstone National Park has 310 miles of paved road and our developed areas are an average of 30 miles apart. Just getting around Yellowstone takes considerable time, adding challenges to daily operations, and the creation of greenhouse gas emissions through burning of fossil fuels. Yellowstone plans to use more fuel efficient vehicles, and choose the right vehicles for the job. Using the best technology available will help provide opportunities that enable and encourage greener transportation.


Goals and Objectives

Minimize environmental impacts from operational vehicle use.

  • Reduce fossil fuel consumption for the use of fleet vehicles from a 2003 baseline. (Baseline year and % reductions consistent with EO 13423 and NPS Green Parks Plan) (Action items due: by 2016 - 18 percent reduction; by 2020 - 30 percent reduction)
  • Implement a preventive maintenance program focused on operational techniques, including engine and tire pressure maintenance. (Action items due: 2012)
  • Ensure best fuel efficiency technologies are used for all fleet improvements and upgrades, including watercraft and over-snow vehicles. (Action items due: 2012)
  • Provide opportunities and incentives for fuel-efficient travel to work and travel at work practices. (Action items due: 2012)
  • Establish number of vehicles needed to optimize fleet and carry out daily work needs. (Action items due: 2016)

Minimize environmental impacts from visitor transportation.

  • Implement where feasible, shuttles and transit systems to popular destinations throughout Yellowstone, surrounding communities, and local airports. (Action items due: 2020)
  • Design and implement pedestrian-friendly transit-oriented improvements in developed areas. (Action items due: Ongoing)
  • Identify and apply best practices in sustainability for road design, construction and maintenance. (Action items due: 2013)
  • Work with surrounding communities and agencies to implement strategies and programs for sustainable roads and trails within and beyond park boundaries. (Action items due: Ongoing)

Communicate the importance of fuel conservation to inspire visitors and employees to reduce greenhouse gas emissions caused by vehicle use.

  • Adopt fuel-efficient vehicle operation practices including "no idling" and "minimal rapid acceleration." Implement programs with education and guidelines. (Action items due: 2012)
  • Share fuel conservation strategies and educate employees and visitors about greenhouse gas emissions associated with travel and transport. (Action items due: Ongoing)
  • Offer incentives to visitors that use environmentally preferable means of transportation including public transit and alternative fuel vehicles. (Action items due: 2016)

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