This is part of a larger, long term sustainability initiative/project being conducted by the National Parks Service[External] (NPS). Marin County Public Works is responsible for aspects of transportation in the area around the park and is working on behalf of residents affected by park traffic.
Public Works is collaborating with NPS on parking restrictions along Muir Woods and Frank Valley roads, and parking restriction associated with the reservation system for Muir Woods National Monument. A 2015 Memorandum of Understanding[PDF] detailed the management of parking, access, and implementation of a NPS reservation system.
In January 2018, NPS implemented a parking reservation system that supports management of visitation to levels that meet park goals for safety, natural resource preservation, visitor experience, and public access. The reservation system provides a long-term measure that will allow the park to work with visitors in advance of their arrival so that congestion, and its related impacts, can be minimized and the quality of the experience enhanced. NPS has also enhanced the Muir Woods Shuttle program to support access to the national monument. Parking restrictions such as traffic barriers, bollards and no parking zones have been implemented along Frank Valley Road and Muir Woods Road. Additional restrictions may be initiated to support the NPS reservation system.
NPS and the County of Marin have committed to a phased elimination of parking outside of the monument's boundaries. The NPS is currently working on a Sustainable Access Project (SAP) within the park to redesign and reorganize parking in Muir Woods.
Details on this project can be found on NPS' project page[External] and additional information on NPS' other projects can be found on their Redwood Renewal program page[External].