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Automated shuttle service set to start at Yellowstone National Park this summer

The pilot project will last from May to August
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Posted at 11:43 AM, Apr 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-22 18:12:07-04

Getting around Yellowstone National Park may look a little different this summer thanks to a new automated shuttle service that’s about to hit the road.

In May, both Yellowstone National Park and Wright Brothers National Memorial in North Carolina will start a pilot project with electric-powered, low-speed automated shuttle buses.

The shuttles will operate throughout the summer and keep on a small loop between campgrounds, lodges and visitor centers.

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While the vehicles will be unmanned, there will be an operator on board during operation and several park employees are currently training to help facilitate loading zones and maintain COVID-19 protocols.

In 2019, Yellowstone was the sixth most visited National Park in the United States with over 4 million guests. It was selected for this pilot project by the National Parks Service because of its popularity and remoteness.

The data from this pilot program will help guide long-term decisions regarding transportation in all National Parks.

For more information on this project, log onto: https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/management/automated-shuttle-pilot.htm?fbclid=IwAR1bauT2gjHtQDO94iAsiYdEAB8f9n09_IcpWHY_m2vnEA-mVYcTFxUPdeY

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