(CBS DETROIT) — The State of Michigan and the National Park Service (NPS) are partnering to improve access to national parks in the region.
With the growing popularity of parks, the agency and the state provide transportation and mobility solutions. NPS will begin contacting mobility companies this summer to develop ideas.
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Officials say the partnership is part of an interdepartmental collaboration with other state agencies, including Michigan’s Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry, Department of Natural Resources, Department of Transportation, Department of Labor and Economic Development and the Office of Future Mobility and Electrification.
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The State of Michigan and the NPS have agreed to the following initiatives:
- Research innovative mobility projects that could improve environmental sustainability or visitor access, reduce traffic congestion issues, or improve safety in and around Michigan State National Parks, and develop project proposals to implement them.
- Explore and identify potential electric vehicle charging infrastructure projects in National and State Parks that would provide access to charging stations for visitors and NPS personnel.
- Plan and execute knowledge and information sharing opportunities to support the advancement of innovative mobility and electrification initiatives related to public land visitation and tourism.
- Participate in community engagement efforts to develop plans and proposals for potential innovative mobility or electrification pilot projects.
- Engage in sharing general knowledge and developing best practices to support the state’s goal of operationalizing the Lake Michigan Circuit to enable accessible and equitable electric vehicle tourism in state and national parks around the Great Lakes.
“The partnership we are celebrating today advances the National Park Service’s commitment to leveraging emerging technologies for cleaner, more sustainable transportation options that can also reduce congestion and improve park visitor experiences. These efforts are bolstered by recent landmark legislation, including the Great American Outdoors Act and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill, which encourages collaborative efforts to make infrastructure improvements in national parks,” said NPS Director Chuck Sams. in a press release.
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