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Contact: John Kelly, 207-288-8703
The park is kicking off a transportation plan and environmental impact statement for Acadia with public meetings in June and July 2015. The purpose of the transportation plan is to determine ways to provide safe and efficient transportation for visitors while ensuring the protection of park resources and values. The park is holding public meetings to get feedback on issues related to traffic, parking, and all modes of transportation in the park.
Transportation issues at Acadia are diverse and complex. Visitors travel to and within the park by private vehicle, tour bus, bicycle, ferry, Island Explorer bus, and other modes. A park-wide transportation plan is needed to determine ways to improve safety, reduce congestion and crowding, avoid impacts to park resources, and provide visitors with a high-quality experience. Using input from the public and ongoing social science research, the park will identify a range of transportation and visitor use management strategies to help ensure the protection of park resources and values.
"The National Park Service relies heavily on public involvement to help guide the stewardship of Acadia, and we look forward to hearing the public's concerns and ideas related to transportation in the park," Superintendent Sheridan Steele said.
Public meetings to discuss the transportation plan and environmental impact statement will take place as follows:
Wednesday, June 3, and Thursday, July 30, 6:30–8 pm
Peninsula School (gymnasium), 71 Main Street (Route 186), Prospect Harbor, Maine
Thursday, June 4, and Wednesday, July 29, 6:30–8 pm
Mount Desert Island High School (library), 1081 Eagle Lake Road (Route 233), Bar Harbor, Maine
Conversations with visitors and other stakeholders will continue throughout the planning period, which runs to Aug. 3, 2015. For more information about the transportation plan and environmental impact statement, please visit https://parkplanning.nps.gov/acadtransportationplan or call John Kelly, Park Planner, at 207-288-8703.