USDOT Announces Over $40M in Grants for National Park Transportation Projects

Posted by on January 19, 2012

My father, a retired civil engineer, still gets plenty of transit news sent to his email.  According to an email from Progressive Railroading Daily he forwarded to me today, the US Department of Transportation awarded $40.8 million dollars spanning 58 different projects.  These projects will provide better access to some of the national parks, along with other federal recreation areas.

So, I did a little digging to figure out just where the money is going.  In doing so, I not only found the USDOT press release about the grants, but also a blog post right on the USDOT homepage.

The funds are distributed under the Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in Parks program and will be used by federal lands in 24 states and the District of Columbia to increase transportation choices and help to take cars off the roads and reduce pollution in the parks.  Denali National Park will use their grant to purchase a hybrid bus as part of study into different types of bus transportation in the preliminary stages of replacing 110 buses.  Parks like Golden Gate National Recreation Area and Cape Cod National Seashore will use the funds to improve bike trails.  And Cuyahoga Valley National Park will use their funds for work on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (hence the source of the email).

If you want to take a look at the complete list of grants, USDOT has a pdf available for download here.

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