The City of Mill Valley would like to inform residents about the National Park Service’s proposal for a range of possible operational and physical improvements to mitigate parking congestion in Muir Woods and their current process of soliciting input.
National Park Service representatives held a Public Scoping Meeting on September 18, 2013 in which they introduced two projects: a Reservation and Shuttle System (2014-15 Implementation) and Transportation and Access Site Improvements (2016 + Implementation).
Under the Reservation and Shuttle System project, National Park Service planners propose a reservation system with a website and call center, reserved parking and/or shuttle time slots, and reservations offered at rate that matches available capacity. Planners propose parking management solutions such as improvements to existing Muir Woods parking lots, and along the shoulders of lower Muir Woods Road and Panoramic Highway. Proposed shuttle systems would include a Sausalito Ferry Connection, Highway 101/1 Shuttle, and a Panoramic Highway loop.
Under the Transportation and Access Site Improvements project, National Park Service planners are exploring options for improvements to Muir Woods Road and existing parking lots, trail extensions, a parking lot on the Panoramic Highway, and a new arrival plaza and other facilities.
Please click on the following to download the informational materials presented at the September 18 meeting:
Supervisors Kate Sears and Steve Kinsey have scheduled a public meeting regarding Muir Woods access, parking and road management on December 9, 2013, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Tam Valley Elementary School Multipurpose Room (350 Bell Lane, Mill Valley).
National Park Service representatives have extended the comment period to January 11, 2014. Comments can be made by postal mail or by filling out two online forms.
For Parking Reservation and Shuttle System:
For Transportation and Access Site Improvements:
Written comments may be submitted to: GGNRA, Attn: Muir Woods Transportation Projects, Fort Mason, Building 201, San Francisco 94123.
The next NPS meeting will be scheduled after the closing of the comment period. Park planners anticipate using this meeting to summarize the comments received during the scoping period, update participants on plans for the parking reservation system, and present a range of alternatives for site improvements at Muir Woods. Participants will be invited to discuss and refine the concept alternatives in a workshop format.
The National Park Service sends informational eNewsletters with information on this topic. Go to their Planning, Projects and Public Involvement page and click on the link to sign up for the notifications.
City of Mill Valley Response:
Guided by their Core Values of healthy natural environment with emphasis on conservation, open space, climate protection and sustainability, the Mill Valley City Council has established environmental conservation, traffic mitigation, and effective communication as key issues. The City of Mill Valley has a long-standing commitment when it comes to environmental protection and other sustainability related initiatives, and has a history of encouraging thoughtful transportation planning and multi-modal transportation options.
While the City of Mill Valley has no regulatory authority over the land use and decision-making process in National Park Service lands, City officials are monitoring the project and communicating with the National Park Service regarding our concerns related to potential traffic and environmental impacts of the proposed options. The City has encouraged National Park Service representatives to extend and enhance their public communication efforts and to ensure that the decision-making process includes all viewpoints.
Letter to NPS from City Manager Jim McCann
At their regular meeting on November 4, 2013, the City Council heard an update on the topic. For the agenda, meeting materials, and to watch the meeting, please visit the City's Webcasting page.
Further questions and comments may be directed to Linn Walsh, Assistant to the City Manager, at email@example.com or (415) 388-4033.