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The 1983 Interagency Agreement between the National Park Service and the Federal Highway Administration is the current agreement between the two agencies outlining their roles and responsibilities.

On November 17, 2021 Department of Interior (DOI) Secretary Deb Haaland and DOT Secretary Pete Buttigieg signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between DOT and DOI on Transportation Innovation in the National Park System at an event in Washington, D.C. The MOU strengthens the collaboration between the NPS and DOT to continue working together to proactively address these emerging transportation trends.

On April 19, 2022, a first-of-its-kind Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the State of Michigan and the National Park Service (NPS) to collaborate on implementing safe, innovative technology to increase accessibility and equity in recreational and park settings. Through this partnership, the five national parks located in Michigan will provide an environment to pilot these emerging mobility technologies that will help make national parks across the country safer, more equitable and accessible to residents and visitors alike.

Long Range Transportation Plans

The development of LRTPs involves high-level coordination with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), state departments of transportation, and Federal land management agencies, as well as input from state visitation and tourism organizations, to better understand regional and national demographic shifts and projected visitation trends. The Regional LRTPs are updated every five years. All Regions have a LRTP, only those that are 508 compliant are available on the website. Contact us for a current copy, if the LRTP is not included below.

Download the National Long Range Transportation Plan
The National Park Service (NPS) National Long Range Transportation Plan (NLRTP) helps the NPS meet performance-based planning and programming goals for NPS transportation systems.
Report cover depicting transportation scenes from National Parks.


NPS Federal Lands Transportation Program Policy

The purpose of this updated FLTP Policy is to provide consistent, strategic direction for the NPS to achieve its transportation priorities and funding needs. This update of the FLTP Policy, coinciding with the BIL, is important to inform how the FLTP pivots to address today’s challenges, accomplishes this Administration’s focus areas, continues within the framework of the current NPS National Long Range Transportation Plan (National LRTP), and aggressively seeks to leverage opportunities from other fund sources to best invest in multimodal transportation needs.

Manuals, Handbooks, Toolkits, and Guides

Park Road Standards - 1968

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Park Road Standards - 1984

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There are two versions of the Park Road Standards available for your reference. In 1967, Director George B. Hartzog, Jr. assembled a group of notable individuals to help provide the answers to these basic questions: What is a park road? When, where, how and why do we build a park road? And under what circumstances do we consider adoption of other means of transportation? The 1968 Park Road Standards set out the basic philosophy of park roads and was a foundation to the current Park Road Standards. In 1984, a Task Force updated and expanded the 1984 Park Road Standards and these standards are still in effect.

Cover Congestion Management Toolkit

Managing Congestion: A Toolkit for Parks (pdf | 5.7 mB) — December 2020

Traffic congestion and visitor use patterns are evolving at national parks. Once traffic congestion is persistent, a park enters a new management era, requiring a new, holistic approach. A balance of operational changes, adjusting capacity (or using existing capacity more effectively), and adding capital investments/new services help parks invest wisely and minimize unintended consequences. The 2020 revised toolkit offers parks a variety of choices to improve congestion management, featuring over 40 tools across nine categories.

Report cover with different images of transit systems in park settings

National Park Service National Transit Inventory and Performance Report Archives

2023 (pdf | 835 KB)
2022 (pdf | 5.1 mB)
2021 (pdf | 3.6 mB)
2020 (pdf | 4.2 mB)
2019 (pdf | 2.9 mB)
2018 (pdf | 4.7 mB)
2017 (pdf | 6.7 mB)
2016 (pdf | 5 mB)
2015 (pdf | 6.6mB)
2014 (pdf | 1.5 mB)
2013 (pdf | 1.6mB)
2012 (pdf | .74mB)

Last updated: June 11, 2024