Gettysburg National Military Park Superintendent Bob Kirby
(Gettysburg) -- With more than a quarter million visitors expected to visit Adams County over the course of the 10 day Battle of Gettysburg 150th anniversary commemoration, crowd management is going to be key.
Gettysburg National Military Park Superintendent Bob Kirby says a so-called intelligent transportation system will keep the traffic moving. "It will light up signs on [Route] 15 that will redirect people to outlying surface areas. That automatically notifies the York Adams Transit Authority to put more buses on the routes,” Kirby explains. “The thing is big and sophisticated, and we hope that it will meet the need."
Visitors and residents alike are being encouraged to park their cars and ride the free shuttles throughout the borough and the battlefield.
"Also when you're at the museum and visitors center, there are electronic sign boards telling you when the next shuttle is coming, and there's an app that you download on your smartphone and you can follow where the shuttles are on their routes, so you'll be able to know how long you have to wait, or when it's coming," says Gettysburg Foundation President Joanne Hanley.
Numerous information and hydration stations are also being set up to accommodate visitors. Superintendent Kirby wants everyone to be prepared for hot, humid conditions. "Bring sunshade, wear appropriate clothing and also bring some bug repellant, because it's out in a natural environment, so there are issues of ticks that we want to make sure people are aware of."
An ample supply of emergency services personnel is at the ready, and Kirby says they will keep the lines of communication open throughout the entire 10 day commemoration, so people can stay as informed as possible.
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