4/20/2010 2:10:00 PM Editorial: New bypass lane an exciting addition for locals
Residents of the Grand Canyon area are all abuzz over the new bypass lane leading into Grand Canyon National Park. While anyone who has ever made their way through the south entrance through Tusayan can attest, the bypass lane will shave off some time when it comes to getting into the park during peak periods of activity. In the summer months, particularly, the lines of waiting vehicles, motorcycles, RVs and buses, can seem endless. This is especially true for locals who are trying to get to an appointment within the park. Even the existing "locals" lane, to the far left of the lane leading into the park from Highway 64, can get clogged during these busy times of the year.
With new silver and red windshield stickers currently being issued, the National Park Service (NPS) is also issuing Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags designed to open the automated gate at the new bypass lane. Those who are eligible for the permanent resident arrowhead sticker are eligible to receive the RFID tags, according to the NPS officials. The intitial mass distribution of stickers and tags will continue through April 30. These can be obtained at the information desk at park headquarters between 4-7 p.m. After the April 30 date, tags and stickers can be obtained at the information desk at park headquarters anytime between normal business hours, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day of the week. An online registration and application form is also required for residents to pick up their tags and stickers. While some residents have expressed difficulty in finding the Web site, online at https://gcbypasslane.com, others have found the process to be a smooth one. With all secured Web sites, remember to put the letter "s" after "http" in order to access the site, leaving out the "www" prefix. Those who simply type in the name of the Web site may find difficulty as well, as https must be typed in to properly access the secured site.