DATE: 6/12/08

For Immediate Release
Contact Lee Taylor 360-569-2211, x6041

Beginning June 21 Mount Rainier National Park visitors will be able to ride a shuttle from Ashford, six miles from the park’s Nisqually Entrance, to Longmire on Saturdays and Sundays. Shuttles will depart from Ashford every 30 minutes from 9:15 a.m. through 10:45 a.m. and every 75 minutes from 12-5 p.m.

In Longmire visitors will be able to transfer to a second shuttle which will transport them to Paradise. The shuttle from Longmire to Paradise will run on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from June 20 through Aug 31.

The National Park Service is working closely with the gateway business community on implementing the shuttle system. The Ashford shuttle will depart from the information kiosk between Whittaker’s Bunkhouse and Whittaker Mountaineering. Free parking will be available.

his shuttle will help reduce parking congestion at Paradise and give visitors a convenient way to see the park, said park superintendent Dave Uberuaga.

Mount Rainier instituted a shuttle system in 2006 to mitigate the loss of parking caused by two large construction projects at Paradise. A shuttle ran from Longmire to Paradise and a separate system carried visitors from outlying parking areas to the Jackson Visitor Center at Paradise. This is the first year we’ve extended the shuttle system outside the park, said Uberuaga. Providing shuttle service like this is in line with our long-term transportation vision for the park.

Although the shuttle itself is free, visitors will be required to pay the park entrance fee of $5 per person (no more than $15 per car load).