Date: March 31, 2020
Get hold of: Place of work of the Superintendent, 406-888-7901
West Glacier, MT – The Countrywide Park Support Contracting and Procurement Office has awarded the labor services contract for the 2020 Visitor Transportation Service in Glacier National Park to LC Staffing of Kalispell, MT. The contract, valid for up to two a long time, provides drivers, dispatchers, and supervisors for the park’s 35-bus fleet that provides shuttle services together the Likely-to-the-Sunlight Street.
“I would like to thank park team and the NPS Contracting and Procurement Workplace for their expeditious do the job to award this contract following the termination of the cooperative agreement with Flathead County. We are happy to be doing the job with LC Staffing and furnishing visitors with such an important assistance in Glacier Nationwide Park,” mentioned Superintendent Jeff Mow. Jim Foster, chief of facilities management, said, “LC Staffing has recruited and employed park shuttle drivers considering that 2009 and are well-positioned to assist the park in 2020.”
If spring conditions and COVID-19 measures allow, the Visitor Transportation Service will operate a hiker-biker shuttle from Mother’s Day weekend till the Heading-to-the-Sunshine Road opens to the public for the time. The hiker-biker shuttle operates on weekends and offers service from the Apgar Visitor Center to Avalanche Creek with stops at Lake McDonald Lodge. Once the Likely-to-the-Sun Road opens for the time, park shuttles will provide service between the Apgar and St. Mary Customer Centers from July 1 to Labor Day from 7 am to 7 pm, seven days for each week.
“Glacier Countrywide Park will continue to observe the CDC guidance and other federal, condition, and local wellness authorities for monitoring the predicament connected to the novel coronavirus outbreak. Decisions on park operations, together with shuttle service, will be re-evaluated regularly to guarantee the protection of website visitors and park workers,” said Superintendent Mow.
The Nationwide Park Service initially planned a park public transportation system in 1999 to lower vehicle congestion along the Heading-to-the-Sun Road corridor. Major construction on the Heading-to-the-Sunshine Road in 2007 served as the catalyst for the current transportation system. With the Going-to-the-Solar Road rehabilitation project now full, and the reputation of the shuttle system rising every 12 months, the park continues to explore alternatives to expand and improve its Visitor Transportation Provider. This energy is an significant step in reviewing transportation system operations and ensuring financial sustainability into the potential.