U.S. DOT Announces $12.5 Million to Improve Access to America’s National Parks and Protected Areas
The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced $12.5 million in grants for 29 projects across the country to improve access to America’s national parks, forests, and wildlife refuges. These projects include funding to create a multiuse trail system for pedestrians and bicyclists to travel from the Golden Gate Bridge to the northern San Francisco Bay waterfront; a 2.5-mile multiuse trail adjacent to U.S. Highway 34 in Estes Park, Colorado, which is expected to reduce automobile trips in Rocky Mountain National Park by 4,200 per year; and an all-electric shuttle service in the Valles Caldera National Preserve in New Mexico, which will reduce emissions and service a growing visitor population.
Improving access in our national parks will not only create a more enjoyable visitor experience for the millions of park visitors each year, but these projects will also help conserve our parkland, reduce air pollution, and create jobs here in America. If you are working on any Transit in the Parks projects, we’d like to hear from you. Contact Federal Government Affairs Director Roxanne Blackwell to tell us about your projects.