The National Park Service provided a free trial shuttle bus service during the month of July, 2008 in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Transportation to evaluate the potential for expanding and improving public transportation within Point Reyes National Seashore to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
The free shuttle, which was scheduled to run on weekends during the month of July, 2008, provided some additional opportunities for park visitors that would not be convenient if traveling by private automobile. The long roundtrip distances or the need to have two cars to make the outing easier may have deterred visitors wanting to take some of the more scenic hikes within the seashore.
Point Reyes National Seashore is a Climate Friendly Park due to the efforts of reducing waste, implementing sustainable practices and reducing GHG emissions. The park has an action plan to further reduce GHG emissions with a goal of 15% reduction over 2005 levels by 2012. Public transportation is one way to help achieve that goal. In the 2005 baseline year, visitor automobiles contributed 1,320 metric tons of emissions or 17% of the park’s total emissions.