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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Bryce Canyon Open House Will Consider Transportation Options

Officials at Bryce Canyon are considering ways to deal with the growing amount of traffic in the national park. They are seeking input from the general public, and have scheduled on open house to allow people to make suggestions.

The open house will be held on Thursday, August 18, from 6:00-7:00 pm in the park Visitor Center.

Below is text from a news release issued by the park.

Bryce Canyon National Park to Host a Public/Partner Open House to Kick-off a Multi-modal Transportation Plan

Bryce Canyon National Park – The National Park Service is beginning work on the Bryce Canyon National Park Multi-modal Transportation Plan. This plan will help guide park managers on how to:
  • Reduce traffic congestion and parking shortages within Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Increase safety for visitors and staff
  • Mitigate or remove impacts to the park’s resources
  • Improve visitor experience and way-finding
  • Refine transit operations
  • Improve the efficiency of park operations
Early in the planning process, the National Park Service would like to hear from members of the public and key stakeholders. Suggestions from the public will help the park understand existing
problems and will help shape the range of solutions that the plan will explore.

The park is hosting a Public/Partner Open House on Thursday, August 18th from 6:00-7:00 pm inside the park in the Colorado Plateau Room (Conference Room D) on the 4th level of the Bryce Canyon Visitor Center, located across from the park’s entrance station. Please inform the ranger at the entrance station and the visitor center you are here to attend the open house.

In 2000, Bryce Canyon National Park launched an alternative transportation system to address congestion within the park and the adjacent community of Bryce Canyon City, to improve visitor experience, and to minimize impacts to park resources from transportation infrastructure. With increasing visitation over the past decade, the transit system is now at or near full capacity during peak visitation periods. An updated and integrated transportation plan will help the park manage this congestion, reduce the need for additional parking, and guide park operations for the next 20 years.

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