As the number of inhabitants in the United States keeps on expanding, so do transportation issues in our public parks in the previous thirty years, leave appearance has hopped in excess of 83 percent; practically these extra guests have headed out to and through the parks in exclusive vehicles. Streets and stopping offices that were once satisfactory are currently overpowered, particularly during top travel seasons. The subsequent clog both debases guest encounters and endangers the regular and social assets the National Park Service NPS is focused on securing. The outcome is further strain on an office previously extended by little financial plans and over-worked staff.
In 2001, trying to help the NPS find inventive answers for this issue, the National Park Foundation NPF, the Ford Motor Company Fund, and Eno Transportation Foundation collaborated with the NPS to build up the National Park Transportation Scholars Program. Today the program proceeds under the direction of the National Park Foundation, the National Park Service, the Federal Highway Administration, the Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in Parks and Technical Assistance Center, and the Eno Transportation Foundation.
The Transportation Scholars Program furnishes parks with transportation experts who help with creating transportation frameworks to assist parks with lessening traffic, clog, and contamination while improving park guest encounters. The Scholars Program sets transportation experts and graduate understudies with NPS staff looking for master help with projects including transportation arranging and investigation, public effort, intergovernmental coordination, Elias Neibart effect evaluation, and other transportation-related assignments. Tasks for the most part start in late-spring and last either six or a year.
The Transportation Scholars Program gives the Park Service genuinely necessary transportation ability at a small amount of the expense of recruiting advisors or welcoming on full-time staff. The Parks get critical preferences from having Transportation Scholars situated nearby as opposed to utilizing off-site help, and Scholars advantage parks by filling in as single purposes of contact on transportation matters for experts, contractual workers, and neighborhood networks. Researchers likewise carry a new viewpoint to the Park Service, while removing important individual and expert encounters.
Jacqueline Lowey, Deputy Chief of Staff at the U.S. Division of Transportation USDOT from 1996 to 1997, and Deputy Director of the NPS from 1997-2001, considered the thought for the Transportation Scholars Program. I feel that transportation is totally to securing park assets; said Lowey Transportation is the nexus of how you save parks while empowering guests to encounter the parks’ fantastic common and recorded fortunes now and later on.
To be qualified for thought, parks should have a particular transportation-related undertaking prepared to start or effectively in progress. An advisory group comprised of agents from the NPS, the NPF, and the Eno Foundation surveys park applications that meet these fundamental necessities; last park determinations are made by the NPF’s Board of Directors.