Posted on April 25, 2005
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today announced he is co-sponsoring the “Transit in Parks Act” to provide federal assistance to develop new and expanded transit services in national parks and other public lands. “Growing up in East Tennessee at the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, I learned at an early age how great our National Park system is,” said Alexander. “The Great Smoky Mountain National Park is not only the most visited national park in the country, it is also the most polluted. It is important for us to continue sharing these beautiful parks while preserving them. This bill will help increase access for visitors to national parks, such as the Great Smoky Mountains, and also provide resources to develop travel alternatives to protect our country’s natural treasures.” The transit grant program will be administered by the U.S. Department of Transportation. It will authorize $90 million each year for 6 years to federal land management agencies that manage the National Park System, National Wildlife Refuges, and to their state and local partners for projects in or near public parks and other federal recreation lands. Eligible projects may include rail lines, clean fuel buses, pedestrian and bike paths, and waterway travel. Alexander joined Sen. Paul Sarbanes (D-MD) in introducing the legislation.