Now in its 13th year, this program selects emerging transportation professionals to work side by side with National Park Service staff to find solutions that address the growing and unique transportation issues in America’s national parks, including visitor safety, traffic, pollution and congestion.
At Chattahoochee River, the grant will help create a parkwide trail plan designed to connect the park’s 75 miles of trails with regional trail and transit systems.
“This will be a significant planning effort,” said CRNRA Superintendent Bill Cox. “Trail connections are essential for this park to accomplish the mission that Congress set in its 1978 enabling legislation. That mission includes giving visitors a more sustainable national park experience that reduces contributions to air pollution or vehicular traffic.”
Working with park volunteers and partner organizations, the Chattahoochee River transportation scholar will help develop maps and alternative routes to link individual units from Bowmans Island to Paces Mill along the park’s entire 48 miles of river.
Expected to take three years to complete, the plan will take into account accessibility requirements, bicycle transit routes, and major new developments such as the relocation of the Atlanta Braves to Cobb County near the park’s Paces Mill unit.
The Transportation Scholars program model has proven so successful the Transit in Parks Technical Assistance Center launched a complementary program in 2011, expanding the program to other public lands.
Information: www.nationalparks.org or www.nps.gov