US National Parks to test green park transportation

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg signed a joint initiative on Wednesday to test green travel technology in national parks with the aim of better conserving the land and improving tourists’ experiences…

The programs involved in the initiative are receiving funding from the $1 trillion infrastructure bill President Biden signed into law on Monday, along with other federal grants and funding.

Some parks have already been testing the use of autonomous vehicles to transport visitors from one site to the next to cut down on the number of cars traveling through the area and the need for more parking.

The initiative will include attempting to replace the National Park Services’ 20-year-old shuttles with green-friendly electric vehicles, adding additional electric charging stations, and an app that will alert visitors to road closures, parking availability, and ride-share locations.