The NPS typically funds transportation projects (roads, bridges, trails, and transit) with the Federal Lands Transportation Program (FLTP) under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) and other eligible fund sources. Given the discontinuation and consolidation of funding programs under MAP-21, NPS units are increasingly engaging with state, metropolitan, and local planning processes to leverage limited funding for transportation.
The following opportunities have been highlighted and are available to parks and partners for transportation related activities. Please contact your Regional Transportation Program Manager for questions or support.
NPS Primer on the Construction of Ferry Boats and Ferry Terminal Facilities Program — Many National Park Service units are located on islands which are primarily accessed by vehicle or passenger ferry. These ferries provide a vital transportation link for staff and visitors to get to the parks, and allow for food and other essential cargo transportation. The Construction of Ferry Boats and Ferry Terminal Facilities Program (FBP) is a Federal Highway Administration program that funds ferry services. Ferry operators and public entities may use FBP funds for construction of ferry boats, construction of ferry terminal facilities, and capital costs of leasing boats or facilities. The National Park Service is eligible to use FBP funding to build or acquire new, more efficient ferry boats and terminals and to improve existing ferry services already serving the parks.
Primer on the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) — September 2014. The Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) is a Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) program that funds State safety projects. States may use HSIP funds for infrastructure improvements that address safety concerns (e.g., intersection design, pedestrian crossings, retrofits to reduce wildlife/vehicle collisions) and for non-infrastructure projects (e.g., safety planning, data collection, enforcement and emergency services programs). The HSIP and associated Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) development processes are prime opportunities for the National Park Service to highlight and build awareness of safety issues within or leading to NPS units, and to engage State DOTs in collaborative and mutually beneficial efforts to address them. Download the HSIP Report as a .pdf (287 K).
NPS Transportation Innovative Finance Options — May 2013. John A Volpe National Transportation Systems Center.This paper provides a summary of innovative transportation finance techniques and discusses their applicability to the National Park Service (NPS). The primary finding of this analysis is that the NPS has already implemented innovative finance techniques, including most of the mechanisms that are legally authorized and relevant to its mission. The deployment of additional innovative financing techniques would require congressional support and legislation, and in some cases would require state and local government support for such methods as value capture. The paper notes that most innovative finance techniques afforded to state and local governments are not applicable to federal agencies.
Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP) — March 2013. National Park units and partners have the opportunity to partner with State and local governments for projects eligible under the FLAP program. To receive NPS support, projects must be aligned with Department of the Interior priorities and be endorsed by the NPS regional and WASO transportation offices. For more information, see the Federal Lands Access Program — How To Get Started. To read the announcement from the Secretary of the Interior for the FLAP program,click here.