Committee Mission

The Mission of the Transportation Needs of the National Parks and Public Lands Committee is to provide a national forum for transportation issues related to the conservation of the scenery, the cultural and natural resources and to the quality of the visitor experience in national parks and public lands. The Committee advances research into these issues and disseminates the results throughout the world. Through proactively identifying and defining preservation and interpretation issues, the Committee will become a recognized leader for the transportation community.

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Recent Announcements

  • 2017 TRB Annual Meeting - ADA40 Sponsored Events
    08:00 AM-
    09:45 AM
    Event 210
    Current Topics in Federal Lands Transportation and Recreational Access
    Stephen Hoover, Atkins North America, presiding
    Operations and Traffic Management, Planning and Forecasting, Transportation, General

    10:15 AM-
    12:00 PM
    Research for Transportation in National Parks and Public Lands
    Eric Plosky, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology, presiding
    Planning and Forecasting, Transportation, General

    01:30 PM-
    05:30 PM
    Transportation Needs of National Parks and Public Lands Committee
    Steven Suder, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, presiding
    Environment, Planning and Forecasting, Public Transportation

    10:15 AM-
    12:00 PM
    Event 558
    Long-Range Transportation Planning on Federal Lands: Re-envisioning Public Access
    and Considering Key Partnerships
    Steven Suder, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, presiding
    Environment, Planning and Forecasting

    03:45 PM-
    05:30 PM
    Event 695
    Transportation Innovation at National Parks and Federally Managed Lands
    Steve Albert, presiding
    Planning and Forecasting
    Posted Nov 18, 2016, 2:11 PM by Steve Suder
  • Call for Presentation Abstracts - 2nd ADA40 Conference

    The 2nd Transportation Research Board Conference on Transportation Needs of National Parks and Public Lands: Partnerships for Enhancing Stewardship and Mobility

    September 11-13, 2017
    Keck Center, Washington, D.C.

    The Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committee on Transportation Needs for National Parks and Public Lands (ADA40) is soliciting presentation abstracts for the 2nd TRB Conference on Transportation and Public Lands Partnerships: Enhancing Stewardship and Mobility. The conference focuses on transportation needs in National Parks and other Public Lands. It will highlight innovative approaches regarding data, managing demand, working with partners, and transportation impacts on sensitive resources. The conference will bring together professionals from federal land management and transportation agencies, state and local transportation and transit agencies, universities, consulting firms, foundations, and private non-profit groups.

    Topics of interest for the conference include the following:

    • Data

    o Recreational travel & transportation supply and demand data

    o How to obtain and analyze needed data, including crowd sourced data

    o Identifying needs of changing visitor demographics

    o Evaluation and performance metrics

    • Managing Demand

    o Approaches to manage demand

    o Technologies to enhance visitor experience and stewardship

    o Parking systems – predicting, monitoring, and managing parking demand

    o Transit and alternate modes – experiences, new opportunities, and financing

    o Meeting the travel needs of changing visitor demographics

    o Ensuring equitable access to public lands

    • Working with Partners

    o Working with State and local communities

    o Working with private and transportation technology partners

    o Working with non-profits and academics

    • Transportation Impacts on Sensitive Resources

    o Habitat fragmentation, road ecology and other impacts

    Presentation abstracts are also welcome on other important issues and topics, international partnerships and experiences welcome. Presentation abstracts should be no more than 250 words and should contain the contact information for the primary author. Please submit your presentation abstract by

    December 15, 2016 to: https://precis2.preciscentral.com/Link.aspx?ID=5D0D04F1C929386D.

    Please contact Jennifer Weeks at jlweeks@nas.edu if you have any questions.

    Posted Nov 18, 2016, 1:40 PM by Steve Suder
  • 2016 Annual and Spring Meeting Files Posted
    Please visit the "Recent Files" section to find a list of PowerPoint's, posters and handouts from both the 2016 Annual Meeting and the Spring Meeting held at Bryce Canyon National Parks. There are a few missing presentations that we will continue to add as they become available.
    Posted May 27, 2016, 8:21 AM by Steve Suder
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