June 14 discussion to focus on Arches transportation
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The National Park Service will host a public meeting next week to present information about a recently completed transportation feasibility study for Arches National Park. The NPS and the consultants will present the findings of the study at the meeting on Thursday, June 14 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Moab Arts and Recreation Center, 111 East 100 North.

The study examines alternatives to help resolve traffic congestion and parking problems that frequently occur within Arches National Park, especially as visitation to the park has increased in the past several years, officials said.

“With [the] growth in visitation the visitor experience in the park has become one of searching endlessly for a parking place,” officials said. “On most days, from mid-morning to mid-afternoon, parking lots in the park are filled to overflowing and parked cars line the roadsides.”

In August, the NPS hired consultants to conduct a feasibility study to look at the possibility of adopting shuttle service or other alternatives to help solve the problems within the park.

NPS officials said the completed study and the most recent newsletter are now available on the NPS’s Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) system, http://parkplanning.nps.gov/arch.

The public is invited to submit comments at the meeting, online, or at the NPS headquarters until July 6.

The NPS will then decide whether to implement a pilot shuttle program.

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