Transit and Trail Connections

Assessment of Visitor Access to National Wildlife Refuges
Source: John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, US Department of Transportation (USDOT)

The purpose of the study is to characterize the use of transit and non-motorized transportation modes for visitor access to National Wildlife Refuges (NWRs), as well as identify opportunities for and constraints to alternative transportation access. Specifically, the objectives of the study are to:

  1. Identify NWRs with strong existing transit and trail connections, recognizing factors that contribute to the success of using these modes for NWR access
  2. Identify sites with high potential for an increased mode shift to transit or non-motorized access, including key partnerships or promotional opportunities to realize these connections
  3. Understand how current U.S. Fish and Wildlife (FWS) planning and management decisions affect transit and trail connections to NWRs
  4. Provide a tool for FWS staff, partner agencies, and friends groups to recognize potential connections, set priorities for future planning, and ultimately enhance alternative transportation access to NWRs


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