Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge Alternative Transportation Study.
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Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge Alternative Transportation Study.

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      The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge (CNWR) is located along Virginia's Eastern Shore in Accomack County. The CNWR is comprised of several barrier beach islands, of which the Virginia portion of Assateague Island is the largest and the subject of this study. The U.S. National Park Service (NPS) oversees the administration of the Assateague Island National Seashore (ASIS), which includes the entirety of Assateague Island, in both Virginia and Maryland. CNWR and the Virginia District of ASIS are accessible by road from the mainland via Chincoteague Island and the Town of Chincoteague. The popularity of Assateague Island's beach and other attractions, combined with its limited access and parking, has resulted in seasonal traffic congestion and other transportation concerns that affect CNWR and the surrounding area. In early 2007, CNWR, in partnership with NPS, the Town of Chincoteague, Accomack County and the Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission, submitted a planning grant application to the Federal Transit Administration's Alternative Transportation in Parks and Public Lands (ATPPL) program. The application sought funding to study alternative transportation options that could mitigate transportation issues on and between the CNWR and the Town of Chincoteague. The Federal Transit Administration approved the grant and the partners received funding for the study in the fall of 2007, subsequently selecting the U.S. Department of Transportation's Volpe National Transportation Systems Center to carry out the alternative transportation study.
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