NPS Transportation Program Partners
Federal Lands Highways - The Department of Transportation's partnership with the National Park Service (NPS) dates back to 1926. This partnership was formalized in 1983 with the establishment of the Park Roads and Parkways (PRP) Program. DOT's Office of Federal Lands Highway (FLH) and NPS jointly administer the PRP Program, which is part of the Federal Lands Highway Program (FLHP).
Paul S. Sarbanes Transit In Parks Technical Assistance Center (TRIPTAC) - The Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in Parks Technical Assistance Center (TRIPTAC) is designed specifically for resource management professionals who face transportation challenges - a "one-stop-shop" for information, training, and technical support. The TRIPTAC's mission is to provide transportation-related technical assistance and enhanced coordination among Federal Land Management Agencies (FLMAs) to continually improve visitor access, quality experiences and resource stewardship.
Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committee on Transportation Needs of National Parks and Public Lands (ADA40) - The ADA40 Committee is concerned with the role of transportation in providing access to and mobility within national parks and other public lands. The Committee provides a forum where representatives from transportation and land management agencies, tourism groups, universities, consulting groups, and public officials can share experiences regarding access, circulation, and way finding issues of travelers in national parks and on public lands. The Committee also provides a forum for the identification of research needs and requirements regarding recreation travel and tourism.
US Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration - The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) provides stewardship over the Interstate System, from new construction of highways, bridges and tunnels; to maintenance and preservation. It also conducts research and implements innovative construction and maintenance methods, from new types of pavements, to new streamlined bridge construction technologies.
U.S. Department of the Interior - The U.S. Department of the Interior protects America's natural resources and heritage, honors our cultures and tribal communities, and supplies the energy to power our future. It is the parent agency of the National Park Service.
John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center (VOLPE) - Part of the U.S. Department of Transportation's Office of the Secretary, Volpe’s Public Lands Team is a critical resource for innovation in NPS transportation. Volpe’s mission is to improve the nation's transportation system by serving as a center of excellence for informed decision making, anticipating emerging transportation issues, and advancing technical, operational, and institutional innovations.
The Transportation Scholars Program - The National Park Transportation Scholars program recognizes the need for a comprehensive approach toward mobility in national parks through alternative transportation systems, environmental education, traveler information, and traffic management strategies. Through the Transportation Scholars program, Masters and PhD scholars have been placed in a number of national parks across the country to work with NPS staff on projects such as transportation planning and analysis, coordination with local communities, environmental and traffic studies, and other transportation-related tasks. Program partners include the National Park Foundation, the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the US Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, and the Paul S. Sarbanes Transit In Parks Technical Assistance Center.