Alternative transportation systems connect communities to parks, help manage congestion and ease parking shortages for areas at or nearing capacity. Alternative transportation can also contribute to improving air quality, soundscapes and reduce wildlife/auto collisions. The National Park Service (NPS) aims to be a leader in using alternative transportation to reduce fossil fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
In addition to alternative transportation, the NPS is exploring how technology can enhance all forms of transportation in parks. Over the past decade, the NPS has increasingly explored the use of intelligent transportation systems (ITS) to address access, congestion, and environmental problems which risk tarnishing the visitor experience and damaging environmental resources.
National Park Service National Transit Inventory and Performance Report
Annually, the NPS conducts a transit inventory and measure performance to:
- Identify NPS transit systems nationwide;
- Track the operational performance of each system; and
- Inventory NPS and non-NPS owned transit vehicles and collect detailed vehicle information.
Pedal and Pedestrian Powered
Bikes, Pedestrians & Multi-use Trails
Trails connect places in a way that allows visitors to leave their cars behind. Bike shares help urban travelers navigate parks.
Powerful People Movers
Buses & Shuttles
Buses and shuttle systems help alleviate the impacts of private automobiles on your national parks and reduce congestion.
Tours and Transportation
Ferries and Water-Based Transportation
Almost 13 million passengers ride ferries in national parks each year.
Last updated: June 28, 2022