Federal-Public Lands Transportation Institute
The Federal-Public Lands Transportation Institute (FPLTI) is a resource repository and technical assistance institute that builds on WTI’s previous work related to transportation in public lands. From 2010 -2014, WTI led the Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in Parks Technical Assistance Center (TRIPTAC), a federally-funded program to provide training and technical assistance to federal land mangers interested in enhancing alternative transportation within their units. When the TRIPTAC grant ended, FPLTI was created so that resources and technical assistance would continue to be available.
The FLTI is a fee-for-service institute that focuses on developing and implementing “real-world” solutions to transportation challenges. FLTI has extensive expertise and project experience on critical transportation issues facing public lands, with “on-the-ground” knowledge and experience at more than 80 federal land units. Project experience includes:
- Long-term, multi-modal transportation planning
- Planning and implementation of alternative transportation facilities (e.g., facilities for bicycles, pedestrians, transit, ferries, etc.)
- Evaluation of transportation systems including collection and analysis of transportation data
- Transportation safety enhancements, including safety audits, accident prevention, ITS applications, wildlife mitigation, and safety needs for 2-lane rural highways
- Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) implementation, operations, and evaluation for federal lands
- Resource stewardship, including protection of wildlife and habitats
- Wildlife-vehicle collision mitigation solutions
- Effective outreach and marketing of transportation services
- Workforce development and technology transfer
More information about FLTI services are available in the drop-down menus below.
The FLTI Resource Repository includes archives of Federal Lands Trainings, Federal Lands Research, and TRIPTAC Publications (see drop down menus at left).
Transportation in federal lands is a balance between resource protection and visitor experience/access.
Examples of transportation in federal lands include:
- Alternative Transportation Systems – Providing services and facilities that offer alternatives to motorized travel (shuttles, bike facilities, walking trails) or that make more motorized travel more efficient and sustainable (ITS, alternative fuels, congestion management).
- Multi-Modal Integration – Providing private auto, public transportation and non-motorized access to Federal land unit (70% of which are in rural areas), integrating unit transportation services with gateway communities, and serving visitors’ recreational needs (access to trails, traveling with a bike, etc.).
- Transit System Management – Planning, operating and marketing sustainable transit systems.
- Parking Management – Addressing periodic parking problems. Some of the biggest issues FLMAs face is the demand for parking facilities outstripping the supply. In some cases alternative transportation can address the issue, but in many cases other approaches must be developed.
- Traffic Congestion – Providing multimodal approaches to addressing congestion issues. Many public lands face issues of traffic congestion, particularly during periods of heavy visitiation.
- Management of Off Road Use – Planning for use of FLMA roads and trails by non-traditional users such as ATVs.
- Access for Underserved Populations – Providing access to youth, those without vehicles, and population groups that are currently underrepresented in visitor numbers.
- Workforce Development – Providing opportunities for career growth and knowledge transfer for field staff, which are attainable despite limited travel budgets and heavy workloads.
- Road Ecology – Protecting wildlife and preserving habitats along roadways while enhancing safety by preventing animal-vehicle collisions.
- Resource Quality – Managing and mitigating threats to air, water and other resources, such as road dust, emissions, and chemical run-off from roadways.
- Comprehensive Transportation Planning – Developing longer-term or larger scale transportation plans, i.e. corridor plans or regional network plans.
- Safety – Conducting safety audits to ensure traveler safety in a unique roadway environment: large numbers of unfamiliar drivers; pedestrians and cyclists sharing the roadway; drivers who stop frequently for sightseeing; or driving challenges such as narrow, curvy, or mountainous roads.
- Operations and Performance – Collecting performance data, evaluating efficiency, identifying gaps in current transportation services, and recommending actions and enhancements.
WTI’s Federal Lands Transportation Institute (FLTI) was created to provide federal lands managers with an easily accessible source for transportation resources, technical expertise, and training. The FLTI is available to help federal land managers develop solutions for the specialized transportation challenges that federal lands face, as well as, assist the units with transportation planning in a comprehensive and holistic manner.
Through their extensive experience in federal lands, the FLTI understands that just like rural areas, federal lands face unique transportation challenges which can include:
- Context Sensitivity – designing and implementing transportation services that are appropriate to the historical, cultural or natural setting.
- Energy and Resource Conservation – selecting modes, vehicles, and routes that promote energy efficiency, preserve resource quality, and protect wildlife.
- Visitor Experience – developing transportation options that offer multiple ways to appropriately experience and appreciate the unit, such as non-motorized modes and interpretive enhancements.
- Access and Multi-modal (e.g., bicycle, pedestrian, transit, ferry, etc.) Integration – connecting and integrating transportation services within the unit to gateway communities and regional travel hubs, in order to facilitate federal land access for a broad range of visitor populations.
- Workforce Development – attracting new staff to address staffing shortfalls as well as various other workforce development needs, including training.
FLTI staff have expertise in deploying real-world solutions to federal lands challenges and are ready to assist you! Is your unit interested in adding a shuttle service or bike trail, but don’t know where to start? Know you have a congestion issue but not sure how to evaluate it or what to do about it? Need help mitigating animal-vehicle collisions? Are you interested in multi-modal integration, but not sure how?
Let FLTI point you to the information you need, put you in touch with an expert who can talk you through your transportation challenges, research solutions to your federal lands transportation challenges, assist you in deploying a pilot project, help you evaluate a transportation solution in your unit, or provide training to your staff.
To view example FLTI projects, click here.
To view biographical information for FLTI’s staff, click here.
To find out how FLTI can help you, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call
Jaime Eidswick at (774) 571-3503
FLTI connects you to up-to-date training on a broad range of relevant transportation issues for Federal Lands. We also offer programs and materials in a variety of formats and venues, whether you want an intensive, in-person workshop, or a cost-effective, flexible training that you can access from your office. FLTI also offers a training option for FLMAs and their partners who want to offer group training on-site. FLTI staff are available to develop and lead short training sessions at your unit.
FLTI has conducted more than eighteen trainings. Examples of past trainings include:
- Introduction to Alternative Transportation Planning for Federal Land Managers
- Good Practices to Encourage Bicycling and Pedestrians on Federal Lands
- Wildlife Issues for Transportation Planning on Federal Lands
To discuss training for your unit, email us at email@example.com or call
Jaime Sullivan at (774) 571-3503.
FLTI offers a biweekly training “e-blast”. The “e-blast” consolidates upcoming transportation trainings and conferences from multiple sources and delivers the list directly to your inbox. To sign-up to receive this “e-blast” please send your contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Trainings are specific to Federal Land Managers
- Conducted more than 18 trainings with more than 2500 contact hours and more than 1200 attendees
- Trainings are recorded for access in the future (to view archived trainings click here)
- Biweekly “e-blast” goes out to more than 900 clients
If you’re looking for technical information or guidance for your transportation project in a federal land, check out the resources of FLTI first.
We’ve assembled a wealth of relevant information such as:
- Planning resources including lists of potential stakeholders and planning documents to get you started
- Definition of “what is transportation in federal lands?”
- Available funding sources to consider
- Useful links to other transportation organizations
FLTI also houses the “Resource Library” created by TRIPTAC. This resource library is a collection of pre-sorted transportation resources specific to Federal Land Management Agencies, such as:
- Design guidelines
- Sample planning documents
- Contract guidance
- Legislation and regulations
- Planning and management toolboxes
- Training programs and materials
For your convenience, the resource library is online and searchable. FLTI will continue to add documents and trainings to this collection, so check back often to see what’s new.
Funding Opportunitites to ConsiderThe Western, Central and Eastern Divisions of Federal Lands Highway will be posting calls for proposals by state for the Federal Lands Access Program throughout the year. Look for information on each division’s webpage under the Programs tab.
- Western Federal Lands Highway, Federal Lands Access Program: http://www.wfl.fhwa.dot.gov/programs/flap/.
- Central Federal Lands Highway, Federal Lands Access Program: http://www.cflhd.gov/programs/flap/index.cfm.
- Eastern Federal Lands Highway, Federal Lands Access Program: http://www.efl.fhwa.dot.gov/programs/federal-lands-access.aspx.
- FTA’s TIGER Program Website at http://www.fta.dot.gov/grants/13094_13647.html and http://www.dot.gov/tiger/application-resources
- Surface Transportation Program website at http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/map21/stp.cfm
- FHWAs Livability Program website at http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/livability/programs/
- Partnership for Sustainable Communities website at http://www.sustainablecommunities.gov/grants.html
- FTA’s Bus and Bus Facilities Program website at http://www.fta.dot.gov/grants/13094_3557.html
- FTA’s Major Capital Investments (New Starts and Small Starts) Program website at http://www.fta.dot.gov/12304.html
- FTA’s Public Transportation on Indian Reservations (Tribal Transit Program) website at http://www.fta.dot.gov/grants/13094_3553.html
- FTA’s Rural Transit Assistance Program website at http://www.fta.dot.gov/grants/13093_3554.html
- FHWA’s Recreational Trails Program website at http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/rectrails/
- Public Lands Highway Discretionary Program website at http://www.fta.dot.gov/12309.html
- FTA Grant Programs are listed at http://fta.dot.gov/funding/grants_financing_263.html
- FLH Transportation Programs are listed at http://flh.fhwa.dot.gov/programs/transportation.htm
- FHWA Grant Programs are listed at http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/discretionary/
- Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance lists federal grant programs at https://www.cfda.gov/?s=main&mode=list&tab=list
- Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Program website at http://www1.eere.energy.gov/cleancities/
- Community Transportation Association’s Inclusive Coordinated Transportation Partnership Project at http://web1.ctaa.org/webmodules/webarticles/anmviewer.asp?a=3379&z=122
- Transportation Alternatives website at http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/map21/guidance/guidetap.cfm
- Federal Transit Administration Section 5319 Bicycle Facilities
- Land & Water Conservation Fund website at http://www.nps.gov/lwcf/
- Bikes Belong Grant Program website at http://www.peopleforbikes.org/pages/community-grants
- National Environmental Education Foundation website at http://www.neefusa.org/grants/index.htm
- Tom’s of Maine 50 States for Good Community Sponsorships website at http://www.tomsofmaine.com/community-involvement/living-well/project-sponsorships
- American Hiking Society National Trails Foundation (NTF) website at http://www.americanhiking.org/gear-resources/grant-opportunities/
- M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust website at http://www.murdock-trust.org/grants/index.php
- Charlotte Martin Foundation website at http://www.charlottemartin.org/index.htm
- The Confluence Fund website at http://www.confluencefund.org/
- Liz Claiborne & Art Otenberg Foundation website at http://www.lcaof.org/index.php/recent-grants
- Do Something Grants Program website at http://www.dosomething.org/
Technical Assistance Programs
- National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program (RTCA) website at http://www.nps.gov/ncrc/programs/rtca/
- National Recreational Trails Program website at http://www.nps.gov/nrt/
- M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Enrichment Program website at http://www.murdock-trust.org/enrichment-programs/fundraising-capacity-building.php
- Community Transportation Association of America website at http://web1.ctaa.org/webmodules/webarticles/anmviewer.asp?a=23&z=2
- Idaho Motor Bike Recreation Fund (MRF) website at http://parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/idaho-motorbike-program
- Idaho Off-Road Motor Vehicle Program (ORMV) website at http://parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/idaho-road-motor-vehicle-ormv-fund
- Idaho Waterways Improvement Fund (WTF) website at http://parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/waterways-improvement-fund-wif
|ADA||Americans with Disabilities Act|
|AICP||American Institute of Certified Planners|
|APTA||American Public Transportation Association|
|ATS||Alternative Transportation Systems|
|ATPPL||Alternative Transportation in Parks and Public Lands|
|AVL||Automatic Vehicle Location|
|BIA||Bureau of Indian Affairs|
|BLM||Bureau of Land Management|
|BRT||Bus Rapid Transit|
|CAD||Computer Aided Dispatch|
|CalTrans||California Department of Transportation|
|CCR||Central Contractor Registration|
|CFLHD||Central Federal Lands Highway Division|
|ConOps||Concept of Operations|
|CSS||Context Sensitive Solutions|
|CUTR||Center for Urban Transportation Research|
|DEA||David Evans and Associates|
|DMS||Dynamic Message Sign|
|DOI||Department of the Interior|
|DOT||Department of Transportation|
|DSC||National Park Service Denver Service Center|
|DUNS||Data Universal Numbering System|
|EFLHD||Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division|
|EIS||Environmental Impact Statement|
|FAQ||Frequently Asked Question|
|FDOT||Florida Department of Transportation|
|FHWA||Federal Highway Administration|
|FLH||Office of Federal Lands Highway|
|FLH HQ||Office of Federal Lands Highway headquarters|
|FLHP||Federal Lands Highway Program|
|FLTI||Federal Lands Transportation Institute|
|FLMA||Federal Land Management Agency|
|FTA||Federal Transit Administration|
|FWS||U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service|
|GIS||Geographic Information Systems|
|GPS||Global Positioning Systems|
|GWF||George Wright Forum|
|HAR||Highway Advisory Radio|
|HART||Hillsborough Area Regional Transit|
|IRR||Indian Reservation Roads Program|
|ITE||Institute of Transportation Engineers|
|ITS||Intelligent Transportation Systems|
|MOA||Memorandum of Agreement|
|NCHRP||National Cooperative Highway Research Program|
|NEPA||National Environmental Policy Act|
|NHI||National Highway Institute|
|NHTSA||National Highway Traffic Safety Administration|
|NMRA||North Moab Recreation Area|
|NPS||National Park Service|
|NTCIP||National Transportation Communications for ITS Protocol|
|NTI||National Transit Institute|
|O&M||Operation and Maintenance|
|PBIC||Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center|
|PLH||Public Lands Highways Program|
|PRP||Park Roads and Parkways Program|
|RAPTS||Resource for Advanced Public Transportation Systems|
|RR||Refuge Roads Program|
|RSA||Road Safety Audit|
|RTAP||Rural Transit Asisstance Program|
|RTCA||Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program|
|SAFETEA-LU||Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users|
|SDTDC||USDA Forest Service San Dimas Technology and Development Center|
|STC||Shapiro Transportation Consulting|
|TAC||Technical Assistance Center|
|TAG||Transportation Assistance Group|
|TBEST||Transit Boardings Estimation and Simulation Tool|
|TCIP||Transit Communications Interface Protocols|
|TCRP||Transit Cooperative Research Program|
|TDP||Transit Development Plans|
|TEA-21||Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century|
|TRB||Transportation Research Board|
|TRC||Transportation Research Center|
|TRIP||Transit in Parks program|
|TRIPS||Transit Research Inspection Procurement Services|
|UDOT||Utah Department of Transportation|
|USBR||U.S. Bureau of Reclamation|
|USDA||United States Department of Agriculture|
|USDOT||United States Department of Transportation|
|USFS||U.S. Forest Service|
|UMaine||University of Maine Parks, Recreation, and Tourism|
|UVM||University of Vermont|
|VOTRAN||Volusia County Transit|
|VHB||Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.|
|VTS||Visitor Transportation System|
|WFLHD||Western Federal Lands Highway Division|
|WTI||Western Tranportation Institute|
|YNP||Yellowstone National Park|