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Exit Glacier Area Summer Transportation Feasibility Study: Community Input Discussion, Wed., August 8, 2018

 

Kenai Fjords National Park News Release

For Immediate Release: July 27, 2018

Contact: Eric Veach (907) 422-0518, eric_veach@nps.gov

Seward, AK – Join Kenai Fjords National Park for a Community Input Discussion about Exit Glacier Area summer transportation needs.  The meeting will be held Wednesday, August 8 from 6:00 – 7:00pm in the Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center located at 1212 4th Ave Seward, Alaska.

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This meeting will provide an opportunity for community stakeholders to provide input during the Exit Glacier Area Summer Transportation Feasibility Study.  The study is being conducted through an agreement between the National Park Service, the U.S. Department of Transportation Volpe Center, and the Federal Highway Administration, Western Federal Lands Highway Division.

The study focuses on the Exit Glacier Area, the only part of Kenai Fjords National Park accessible by car. The park attracts over 350,000 visitors per year largely due to its location on the Alaska road system. With a majority of the park’s visitation occurring within the Exit Glacier Area, improved access will facilitate visitor appreciation of the natural and cultural history of the park.

The Exit Glacier Area Transportation Feasibility Study will determine the best approach for reliable and regular access to the Exit Glacier Area from Seward during the busy summer season.  The study will evaluate the current congestion issues at Exit Glacier parking lot and the potential demand for public transportation between Seward and the Exit Glacier Area.  It will also determine the appropriate capacity, frequency, and operational considerations of public transportation service needed to meet the demand. When the Exit Glacier Transportation Feasibility study is complete, it will guide park management on the best way forward in solving congestion issues at Exit Glacier.

www.nps.gov/kefj

 

PR_KEFJ-Exit Glacier Area Transportation Feasibility Study (2018)_Final Version

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