BAR HARBOR – Acadia National Park has released its final transportation plan.
The 282-page document touches on several items.
“There are a variety of things that are being proposed, but you have to remember that the final plan is really a blueprint for the future,” said Christie Anastasia, Acadia National Park’s public affairs specialist.
She said from 2007 to 2017, visitation to Acadia National Park increased by 59 percent, which she said has caused a lot of congestion, closed roads and overcrowded parking lots.
“That’s not the type of experience we want our visitors to have,” said Anastasia.
Part of the plan is to help alleviate the headache of finding a parking spot in the Sand Beach corridor area, the Jordan Pond north parking lot and the summit of Cadillac Mountain.
“Sometime between mid-June and mid-October you’ll need a reservation to park your vehicle in one of those spots,” said Anastasia.
It’s unclear at this time how reservations will be made.
“We’re hoping we’ll have something where there’s an app on your phone,” said Anastasia.
Other changes could be made to the Hulls Cove Visitor Center.
In order to get to the visitor center you need to climb up stairs, but officials say that could change.
Another proposed change would improve the Island Explorer Bus transportation system.
“The buses would probably stay about the same size, but we may increase the frequency of the routes,” said Anastasia.
She said conversations are ongoing about how to expand the bus system. These changes could begin as early as next summer.
“We just got the plan, now we’ve got to figure out how to implement it,” said Anastasia.
She says to keep up to date on the changes check their website and other forms of social media.