Public Input Sought for the Bodie Island Alternative Transportation Study at Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Increased visitation to the Bodie Island Lighthouse (currently undergoing a major renovation) is a prime consideration in alternative transportation planning for Bodie Island. Photo by Jim Elder.

Superintendent Mike Murray recently announced that the National Park Service is seeking public comment on alternative transportation strategies developed for the Bodie Island District at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

The Park Service has partnered with the U.S. Department of Transportation's John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center to perform an analysis of transportation strategies for visitors traveling to or between developed sites within the Bodie Island District.

The analysis has focused on the potential use of transportation services and non-motorized vehicle options, such as shuttle and local bus, water ferry, and routes for bicycling, hiking, and walking, as well as, their necessary services, equipment, facilities, and infrastructure. The study analyzes the movement of visitors within developed areas of Bodie Island especially in the context of increased visitation to the Bodie Island Lighthouse, but does not include transportation of visitors along the beach or to Bodie Island Spit. The study provides planning-level recommendations and estimates to inform future decision-making, but is not a decision document.

Additional details can be found at this site.

The Park Service encourages interested parties to comment electronically through the park’s Planning, Environment, and Public Comment website. If you wish to submit your written comments in letter form, you may send or hand-deliver them to: Superintendent, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, 1401 National Park Drive, Manteo, NC 27954.

To ensure that your comments are included in the process, they must be entered or received by August 19, 2010.

A public meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, August 4, 2010 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the First Flight Centennial Pavilion at Wright Brothers National Memorial. Interested persons will be able to comment on Proposed Transportation Strategies at this meeting and will also have the opportunity to review study products developed thus far, including a Transportation Needs Assessment and a Transportation Conditions Inventory. Persons attending the meeting will also be able to submit written comments at that time.

Postscript: Bodie is traditionally pronounced "bodie," not "BOH-dee." While folklore has it that the island was named for the many dead bodies that washed ashore from shipwrecks, it acquired the name Bodie Island because it was originally settled by the Body family and called Body's Island. The spelling alteration that came later is a different story.