Nelson\Nygaard has worked with the National Park Service on multiple projects designedto preserve natural resources and enhance the visitor experience by reducing the impact ofauto use and parking within parks sites. Through data collection, analysis of travel patterns,and transportation marketing, Nelson\Nygaard has developed and evaluated shuttles within the parks, enhanced bicycle and pedestrian access, and managed parking programs.
Muir Woods Shuttle Design and Evaluation
Nelson\Nygaard designed a shuttle linking three off-sitepark and ride locations with the Muir Woods NationalMonument, one of the most visited sites in the NPS system. The shuttle was designed as a three-year pilotproject with earmarked federal funding and a partnershipbetween the National Park Service, the County of Marin and Golden Gate Transit. The shuttle is now in its third year, carrying more than twice the initial number of passengers, with expanded service frequencies, service span and new service linking the shuttle to the Sausalito Ferry.
Golden Gate National Recreation Area – Marin Headlands Transportation Master Plan and Environmental Assessment
Nelson\Nygaard developed a Transportation Master Plan for the Marin Headlands/Ft. Baker parklands in Marin County California. The plan integrates the development of Ft. Baker, a new addition to the parklands, which is being developed to include a conference hotel and other amenities. The project involved developing an extensive transportation demand management for the park, shuttle services and cooperation with local transit operators. The plan was subsequently analyzed in an Environmental Impact Study, which is scheduled for completion at the end of 2007.
Sedona Arizona Transit Study
The City of Sedona Arizona is surrounded by National Forestlands, and is built essentially inside one of the most fragile natural environments imaginable. Until 2005 visitors had no options for traveling into the “Red Rock Country” other than driving themselves or taking one of the many “jeep tours” into the back country. The Sedona Shuttle, designed by Nelson\Nygaard, provides service for both local an visitor needs in the City of Sedona and provides access to many of the key visitor destinations in the National Forest.