Session 3.5: Plannin Future Transportation Systems on Federally-owned Land
Thursday, May 4, 2017, 3:45 p.m.
Friday, May 5, 2017, 4:45 p.m. EDT
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There is no question that our National Park Service units are extraordinary places. NPS manages more than 400 units, including nearly 13,000 miles of roads, 1,500 bridges, 130 transit systems, and countless miles of trails. Visitation to NPS units has been rising dramatically in recent years, leading to a series of transportation challenges. Creative transportation solutions, often outside of NPS properties, are needed to ensure safe and sustainable visitation to the Parks.
This session will provide an overview of how the NPS is approaching transportation planning and infrastructure management in light of limited funding. We will examine current NPS transportation planning projects in the Northeast Region, such as:
• Improved public transit and non-motorized access to Gateway National Recreation Area, an underutilized urban park in New York City;
• Regional-scale assessment of transportation asset exposure to sea-level rise and storm surge, including climate change impacts; and
• Parking Data Sharing System for the Cape Cod National Seashore to reduce congestion and illegal parking/beach erosion, and increase visitor enjoyment of the Park.
To close the session, community planners from the NPS and US Department of Transportation will share transferrable lessons learned and best practices for transportation planning on federally-owned lands.
By the end of this session participants should gain:
• A general understanding of the current challenges faced by federal land management agencies (FLMAs), particularly the National Park Service (NPS), in trying to plan alternative transportation systems on public lands.
• Insight into some current local transportation planning projects within the NPS Northeast Region, including challenges and possible solutions.
• Awareness of some alternative transportation planning lessons learned and best practices that could be transferrable to projects on other federally owned properties.
Invited SpeakerActing Alt. Transport, National Park Service
Joshua Schiffer, email@example.com