TRIPTAC Archives

This section of the FLTI website is dedicated to preserving the archives of the Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in Parks (TRIP) Program and the Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in Parks Technical Assistance Center (TRIPTAC).

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Bike Share Photo Courtesy of: City of San Antonio, Office of Environmental Policy

TRIP Background

The Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in Parks (TRIP) program, originally called the Alternative Transportation in Parks and Public Lands (ATPPL) program, was enacted through the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) legislation in 2005. The TRIP program was a grant program, managed by The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation, which provided funding to support alternative transportation in and connecting to federal lands. Alternative transportation includes transportation by foot, bicycle, bus, tram, trolley, boat, ferry, or rail. The funding was also able to be used to plan or implement intelligent transportation systems that support alternative transportation.

TRIP Program Goals

The Transit in Parks program was created “to enhance the protection of national parks and public lands and to increase the enjoyment of those visiting parks and public lands.” Specifically the goals of the Transit in Parks program were to:

Through the grants provided by the Transit in Parks program, federal land managers were able to develop and implement Alternative Transportation Systems (ATS) that helped them work toward these goals and fulfill their responsibilities as stewards of our treasured public resources.

TRIP Program Partners

The Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in Parks program is administered by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), in partnership with the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service (USFS). For more information about our partners, visit their websites:

Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
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National Park Service (NPS)
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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
USDA Forest Service (USFS)
USDA Forest Service (USFS)
Department of Interior (DOI)
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Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
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U.S. Bureau of
Reclamation (USBR)
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In 2009, the Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in Parks Technical Assistance Center (TRIPTAC) opened as a resource center established through a grant from FTA to help Federal agencies and local communities plan and implement these alternative transportation projects. The TRIPTAC provided free technical assistance, a one-stop-shop for resources, produced ATS publications and trainings, and conducted ATS research.

The TRIPTAC was led by the Western Transportation Institute (WTI) at Montana State University and combined the expertise of 7 other partners including Shapiro Transportation Consulting, the University of Maine, University of Vermont, Center for Urban Transportation at the University of South Florida, Franz Gimmler, Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, and David Evans and Associates.

Repeal of TRIP and Closure of TRIPTAC

The TRIP program was repealed in the new Map-21 federal transportation legislation in 2012. The funding for transportation in federal lands is now provided through the Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP) and Federal Lands Transportation Program (FLTP) managed by Federal Lands Highway of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Due to the repeal of the TRIP program, the final call for TRIP grant proposals was for Fiscal Year 2012 and the TRIPTAC closed in June 2014.