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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.

In 1997, the Secretaries of the Department of the Interior (DOI) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) executed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to supplement the 1983 agreement. The memorandum was intended to serve as the foundation for developing more comprehensive, intermodal, and financially sustainable transportation systems.

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 availble 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.

Eligibility Guidelines

The Federal Lands Transportation Program Eligibility Guidelines (PDF | 191Kb) identifies items from Category I, 3R and 4R that will be funded, will not be funded and items that generally are not funded (determined on a case-by-case basis).

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

Congestion Management Toolkit — March 2014.

The Congestion Management Toolkit takes a “problem-first” approach and uses a seven-step process to diagnose and treat congestion. It is useful at the fields level to help quantify problems, identify potential solutions, analyze alternatives, and determine realistic expectations. There are 59 different solutions identified, each with a description, implementation considerations, time to implement, and long-term capital and operations/maintenance costs.
Ferry Boat Program Primer 2014

National Park Service Primer on the Ferry Boat Program 2014

Many National Park Service units are located in areas which are served by vehicle or passenger ferry. These National Park Service units and their partners may be eligible to use funding from the FHWA Construction of Ferry Boats and Ferry Terminal Facilities Program (FBP) to build or acquire new, more efficient ferry boats or terminals, and to improve existing ferry services already serving the parks. FBP funds are allocated to specific ferry services based on the National Census of Ferry Operators (NCFO) conducted by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS). This primer provides information about the Ferry Boat Program.
Transportation Planning Guidebook

National Park Service Transportation Planning Guidebook, September 1999

This publication covers a host of transportation planning topics, including the general and strategic management plans for park units, navigating through the federal transportation planning process, the art of building partnerships, and much more. (PDF | 3.58 Mb)

The contents of this document were appropriate for the time of its publication. Practices and procedures have been refined in the years following. Contacts and References may no longer be valid.


NPS Transportation Innovative Finance Options May 2013

The John A Volpe National Transportation Systems Center authored "NPS Transportation Innovative Finance Options". The concise 13-page document provides a summary of innovative finance techniques and how they can be applicable within the National Park Service. Financing techniques discussed in the paper include public-private partnerships, tolling/value pricing, value capture / tax increment financing, infrastructure bank, and grant management tools. Included are suggestions for how to incorporate innovative finance techniques into the context of the NPS transportation program and examples of several parks and how they have used innovative financing techniques. (PDF | 375Kb)

Cape Cod National Seashore Alternative Transportation Partnership May 2012

The Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in Parks Technical Assistance Center (TRIPTAC) released this 30-page report with a detailed timeline of the development of the Cape Cod Transit Task Force and transportation partnerships, specific transportation services currently offered, and a map of Cape Cod showing the various routes and services. The report also looks at studies that informs future planning efforts including an integrated bicycle study for Cape Cod (2010); an intelligent transportations systems study (2010); a parking and transit study; a climate change pilot project study; and the Outer Cape Maintenance Facility location study. Other topics include funding arrangements for partnership activities, lessons learned, and a look at possible future partnership activities. (PDF | 858Kb)

Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) in the National Parks System and Other Federal Public Lands September 2011

This report details the state of ITS deployment across all federal land management agencies (FLMAs) in 2011, updating a Volpe Center report completed in 2005. It includes an assessment of the types of ITS technologies in use by public lands units, the prevalence of the deployment of specific technologies, and the technical and institutional barriers towards the advancement of ITS involvement. There has been little expansion of ITS technologies in recent years,and steps are outlined to help improve and further advance the use of ITS in public lands. (PDF | 2.17Mb)

Service Times and Capacity at NP Entrance Stations Case Studies February 2006

Long queues of vehicles at Park entrance stations during peak season is a problem for many National Parks and Monuments. This report is of interest to Park Superintendents, Chief Rangers, Facility Managers, Fee Managers, and Park Planners. Three case studies illustrate how planning can be used to design new or replacement entrance stations or to improve the efficiency and operation of existing entrance stations. (PDF | 422Kb)

Last updated: October 29, 2018