Draft Transportation Plan / Environmental Impact Statement

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Acadia National Park’s Draft Transportation Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) is now available for review and comment. The public will have 60 days, from April 27 to June 26, to provide input to all alternatives.

The DEIS identifies a range of transportation and visitor use management strategies including a preferred alternative. It seeks to determine ways to provide safe and efficient transportation for visitors while ensuring the protection of park resources and values. The alternatives are intended to address the quality of the visitor experience associated with growth in visitation. These alternatives were developed during public comment periods in 2015 and 2017. Responses from the DEIS will be considered for the final Transportation Plan, expected for release in late 2018.

 
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Where Can I Find the Plan to Review?


Both the Draft Environmental Impact Statement Newsletter (10 pages) and the Draft Transportation Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (242 pages) are available on the National Park Service Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website at http://go.nps.gov/AcadiaPlan. Comments can be submitted in writing at open houses and online at the PEPC website at http://go.nps.gov/AcadiaPlan. Select “Open for Comment.”

Comments can also be sent via U.S. Mail to:

Acadia National Park
ATTN: Draft Transportation Plan
PO Box 177
Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Public Meetings

Open Houses will be held on Mount Desert Island and on the Schoodic Peninsula. Public Information Sessions at three local libraries will feature a short presentation on the alternatives with time for questions and answers.

Open Houses

  • Tue May 22, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, Mount Desert Island High School, 1801 Eagle Lake Road (Route 233), Bar Harbor
  • Wed May 23, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, Peninsula School, 71 Main Street (Route 186) in Prospect Harbor.

Public Information Sessions

  • Mon May 14, 7 to 8 pm, Southwest Harbor Public Library, 338 Main Street, Southwest Harbor
  • Tue May 15, 7 to 8 pm, Northeast Harbor Library, 1 Joy Road, Northeast Harbor
  • Wed May 16, 7 to 8 pm, Jesup Memorial Library, 34 Mount Desert Street, Bar Harbor

Online Virtual Public Information Session

On Wed June 13, from 7 to 8 pm (EDT), a live webinar will be open to the first 100 registrants. The session will include a formal presentation describing the plan and possible strategies followed by questions and answers. A recording will be available for playback after June 15. Learn More

 
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Duration:
5 minutes, 44 seconds

The National Park Service is developing a transportation plan to improve safety, reduce congestion and conflicts among people traveling on park roads, and protect park resources and values. The public has 60 days, from April 27 to June 26, 2018 to provide input to all alternatives in a Draft Transportation Plan / Environmental Impact Statement.  Learn more at http://go.nps.gov/AcadiaPlan

 
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Duration:
5 minutes, 39 seconds

While the transportation planning process is intended to do many things, one of the main goals always needs to be to protect the incredible resources of Acadia.The public has 60 days, from April 27 to June 26, 2018 to provide input to all alternatives in a Draft Transportation Plan / Environmental Impact Statement. Learn more at http://go.nps.gov/AcadiaPlan

 
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4 minutes, 17 seconds

Crowds of visitors in the summer and, increasingly, into the fall and spring, are making it difficult for people to experience the best of Acadia. Crowded conditions in the park also cause safety hazards. The public has 60 days, from April 27 to June 26, 2018 to provide input to all alternatives in a Draft Transportation Plan / Environmental Impact Statement.  Learn more at http://go.nps.gov/AcadiaPlan

Last updated: May 21, 2018

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Mailing Address:

PO Box 177
Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Phone:

(207) 288-3338

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