Sustainable, safe, and efficient transportation not only adds to the a park visitor's enjoyment, but facilitates the protection of the parks' natural and cultural resources. The National Park Service must provide and maintain a quality transportation system.
Our national parks are important national assets and the Federal government is responsible for ensuring that the NPS transportation system-and the land on which it rests-are preserved and maintained consistent with the NPS mission,"... which purpose is to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wildlife therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations."
Today, park unit roads, bridges, parking lots, trails, and vehicles are in need of repair, rehabilitation, or reconstruction. Now is the time for an all-out effort to bring our NPS transportation assets up to acceptable levels, and to provide additional alternative transportation services to better accommodate visitation and resource protection.
Investing in the system today will ensure visitors continued access to our country's natural wonders, and opportunities for learning about our natural history and cultural heritage.