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Transportation planning and social carrying capacity in the national parksAuthor(s): William Valliere; Robert Manning; Megha Budruk; Steven Lawson; Benjamin Wang
Source: In: Todd, Sharon, comp., ed. 2002. Proceedings of the 2001 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium. Gen. Tech. Rep. NE-289. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Research Station. 36-39.
Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
Station: Northeastern Research Station
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DescriptionThe U.S. national park system accommodates nearly 300 million visits annually. Most visitors come to the national parks in automobiles, and this poses several management challenges. Delays at national park entrances caused by traffic congestion detract from the visitor experience. Inadequate parking facilities further compromise the visitor experience and lead people to park along roadsides, damaging park resources and causing traffic hazards. At times, visitors must be turned away from some national park areas because transportation infrastructure is not sufficient to meet visitor demand.
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CitationValliere, William; Manning, Robert; Budruk, Megha; Lawson, Steven; Wang, Benjamin. 2002. Transportation planning and social carrying capacity in the national parks. In: Todd, Sharon, comp., ed. 2002. Proceedings of the 2001 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium. Gen. Tech. Rep. NE-289. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Research Station. 36-39.
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