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Pacific West Region long range transportation plan: June 2015

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Author(s): Justin De Santis

Category: BOOK
Document Type: Unpublished Document
Publisher: National Park Service
Published Year: 2015
Pages: 90
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This plan identifies existing and future transportation needs for national parks in the Pacific West Region (PWR) through the year 2035. Significant gaps are expected between projected funding and estimated needs, in particular for preventive maintenance and operations, rehabilitation of roadways and parking areas, and recapitalization of transit vehicles. Insufficient past funding has left transportation infrastructure in need of extensive repairs and major investments just to maintain existing facilities and levels of service. Very few major capital investments or new construction projects have been built in recent years to either add new roadway capacity or provide for new transit service connections, despite increasing congestion problems at a number of park sites. Ninetynine percent of the cost for work identified in PWR’s current transportation project priority lists is for maintenance, repair or recapitalization of existing roadway, parking and transit assets, as opposed to new construction or new service.

By 2035 the total gap between projected annual funding ($132 million) and estimated annual needs ($194 million) for the Pacific West Region will be $62 million. Implementation of the Capital Investment Strategy (CIS) will help to lengthen the service life for transportation assets that are identified as high priority, and keep annual maintenance requirements in balance by matching the core asset portfolio to the amount of operational funds available. Roadway rehabilitation is the largest element of the transportation program that is projected to be underfunded. However, there are other important future needs that won’t be fully met, which include:

This document offers a fiscally constrained plan aimed at maintaining safe and enjoyable visitor access to essential experiences in PWR parks. The investment strategy focuses on high priority assets for rehabilitation and preservation, and is aligned with the CIS for reinvesting in assets that superintendents have committed adequate operational and annual maintenance dollars. The current gap between funding and identified need will grow mainly as a result of steady increases in deferred maintenance, as calculated if there is no increase in PWR’s purchasing capacity for rehabilitation and regular maintenance. Even with full investment in bridge and pavement preservation programs, roadway conditions will continue to decline as inevitable aging and deterioration outpaces the financial capacity to rehabilitate all the facilities for which there is a need. Costs for transit operations and recapitalization of vehicles may also pose a challenge for managers at some parks.

Maintaining access and providing for visitor enjoyment under these conditions will depend on several key strategies:

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In Text Citation:
De Santis (2015) or (De Santis, 2015)

References Citation:
De Santis, J., 2015, Pacific West Region long range transportation plan: June 2015: Unpublished Document, National Park Service, 90 p..