Research for the AASHTO Standing Committee on Planning. Task 83. Transportation Planning Partnerships to Enhance National Parks and Gateway Communities

Over the past decade, the National Park Service (NPS) and other federal land management agencies have been working with state departments of transportation, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), gateway communities and other agencies responsible for transportation in and around many national parks to use transportation proactively to deliver a quality visitor experience that supports local economies while minimizing the impact of transportation on pristine park lands. New shuttle bus services, intelligent transportation systems (ITS), off-site parking facilities, and roadway improvements represent just a few examples of recent projects. Planning these and other transportation improvements is more challenging given the diverse agencies and stakeholder groups involved, the constraints of various funding categories, and the breadth of procurement requirements. For example, the environmental review procedures vary between agencies, the funding cycles differ, and procurement/contracting procedures may vary dramatically. The objectives of park land preservation and park visitation and use could and do sometimes create discord. This project will perform a case study synthesis of best practice examples of planning/resource partnerships among federal, state, regional, and local agencies that address transportation issues in and around national parks. The role of private non-profit groups, gateway community businesses, and national corporations will also be examined. Sample agreements and the performance metrics will be compiled where they exist. Special attention will be given to transportation approaches that link transportation services and connections beyond park boundaries to service within the parks.  The case studies will be selected to provide a mix of the issues, project types, institutional arrangements, and funding approaches. The results from the case studies will be summarized to provide best practice approaches to addressing the unique transportation issues facing national parks and gateway communities. Topics to be addressed include the roles of the different agencies, the institutional arrangements, the public involvement process, funding approaches and constraints, performance measurement, and the relationship to environmental review process, relationship to state or regional transportation plans, relationship to park management plans, and relationship to local economic development planning. The results will be of use and benefit to personnel at state departments of transportation, transit agencies, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), local communities, NPS, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Federal Transit Administration (FTA), and other federal agencies.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $80000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 08-36, Task

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 225
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Sundstrom, Lori

  • Performing Organizations:

    Cambridge Systematics

    555 12th Street
    Suite 1600
    Oakland, CA  United States  94607
  • Principal Investigators:

    Turnbull, Katherine

  • Start Date: 20080402
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20091029
  • Source Data: RiP Project 15633

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01557224
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Cooperative Highway Research Program
  • Contract Numbers: Project 08-36, Task
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Mar 19 2015 1:01AM