In 2000, the National Park Service (NPS), the Ford Motor Company, and the National Park Foundation (NPF) inaugurated an unprecedented partnership to promote the need for comprehensive mobility and conservation strategies. The National Park Transportation Scholars program is not an attempt to promote the use of private automobiles within parks, but rather recognition of 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.
This unique partnership is not only an exciting opportunity for transportation scholars, but is an invaluable benefit to national parks and their future. The partnership identifies innovative mobility solutions and promotes conservation education throughout the 398 NPS units. These solutions lead to improved visitor experiences, while preserving natural and cultural resources.
To learn more about the Transportation Scholars program and read several success stories, visit the National Park Foundation web site. Today, the Transportation Scholars program is supported by the following partners:
The National Park Foundation’s Transportation Scholars program provides parks with transportation professionals for six to 12 months who assist in developing alternative transportation systems to help parks reduce traffic, congestion and pollution while improving park visitor experiences. To learn more about the National Park Foundation Transportation Scholars program, click here.
The Motorola Solutions Foundation is the charitable and philanthropic arm of Motorola Solutions. With employees located around the globe, Motorola Solutions seeks to benefit the communities where it operates. The company achieves this by making strategic grants, forging strong community partnerships and fostering innovation. The Motorola Solutions Foundation focuses its funding on public safety, disaster relief, employee programs and education, especially science, technology, engineering and math programming.
The Federal Highway Administration works to improve mobility on our Nation's highways through national leadership, innovation, and program delivery. The FHWA's Federal Land Highway Program provides both financial and technical support for the Transportation Scholars Program. The Federal Lands Highway Program has enabled the extension from six to twelve months of the period of time the Transportation Scholars provide project assistance to the parks.
The mission of the Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in Parks Technical Assistance Center is to provide transportation-related technical assistance and enhanced coordination among Federal Land Management Agencies to continually improve visitor access, quality experiences and resource stewardship.
The Eno Transportation Foundation seeks continuous improvement in transportation and its public and private leadership in order to increase the system's mobility, safety and sustainability.