YARTS -- decide for yourself

Lou Aceto / Guest CommentaryOctober 26, 2012 

Rather than entering into a "he said/she said" contest on YARTS, Sierra Star readers are encouraged to view the 47-minute PowerPoint presentation: peroconsulting.com/YARTS/index.htm or its shorter YouTube presentation: http://youtube/x9-xWKYwddw and decide for themselves.

As part of a grassroots effort, these presentations document over 30 years of National Park Service planning-including YARTS.

Or, do your own research starting with the 1980 Yosemite General Management Plan, the current legal document for the park, which establishes the goals and the framework guiding all subsequent management planning efforts.

Flip to page 20 and read for yourself: "A study will be undertaken to find a method to totally eliminate cars and other obtrusive vehicles from Yosemite Valley. As additional bus service from outlying areas on the periphery of the park and in gateway communities becomes feasible, all day visitors and ultimately all overnight visitors will be able to enjoy the Yosemite Valley without their cars. Each phase of the transportation system will be adequately planned to minimize environmental impact, solve operational problems, and promote public acceptance."

Or page 31: "While the National Park Service intends to remove all automobile traffic from the Valley, the immediate plan is to greatly reduce traffic there, by restricting automobile use ... and encouraging visitors to leave their automobiles at parking areas with bus service to the Valley."

Be sure your research also includes the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act as well as the soon-to-be-released Merced River Plan.

If you are late to this important planning process, the park has posted online some of the transportation planning documents and workshop webinars that have been developed in support: nps.gov/yose/parkmgmt/mrp.htm

On the other hand, readers could just accept the undocumented opinions and hearsay of Tom Wheeler, Dave Wolin, and Tracy Ackroyd.

Sierra Star readers deserve the truth supported by actual documented facts.

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