Transportation Plan

Roadside technician watches a car cross a traffic counter
Roadside technician watches a car cross a traffic counter

Photo by Ashley L. Conti, Friends of Acadia

Acadia National Park has a plan to improve visitor experiences and reduce congestion in the park. Full implementation is likely to take up to a decade or more, though initial work may begin in 2020. The project is the culmination of a planning effort that began in summer 2015 and included a great deal of time, energy, collaboration, and input by neighboring town governments, chambers of commerce, industry partners, communities, stakeholders, staff, and the public.

The National Park Service issued a Record of Decision (ROD) for a Final Transportation Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (FTP/EIS) on May 9, 2019. Regional Director Gay Vietzke signed the ROD, selecting the preferred alternative and authorizing the NPS to proceed with this effort to provide safe and efficient transportation for visitors, while ensuring protection of park resources and values.

  • Read a summary of the decision in a Press Release
  • Read an online version of the decision in a separate webpage that's accessible and searchable.
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  • Download a PDF copy of the signed original decision (20 pages, 1.28 MB).
  • Explore documents, drafts and comments compiled on the NPS Planning, Environment & Public Comment (PEPC) website.

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
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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.

Last updated: December 30, 2019

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