Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS) recently announced that it will offer free transit service to Yosemite National Park on nine days this year, five of those days on the Highway 41 corridor.
YARTS has received funding through the Federal Lands Access Program for a three-year demonstration project to operate free buses to Yosemite up to 10 times per year. The grant will fund 30 free service days through September 2020. The schedule for the 2018 free service days:
☆ April 21 & 22: Highway 140 only
☆ May 27 & 28: Highway 41, 140, 120, and 395/120 (if Tioga Road is open)
☆ July 4: Highway 41, 140, 120 and 395/120
☆ Aug. 25: Highway 41, 140, 120 and 395/120
☆ Sept. 22: Highway 41, 140, 120 and 395/120
☆ Nov. 10 & 11: Highway 140 only
Seating will be limited and passengers are encouraged to arrive prior to the scheduled departure times. Boarding will be based on first-come, first-served and no reservations will be accepted.
“We are excited to assist the park with the management of vehicle congestion by offering an alternative to driving and parking,” said YARTS Assistant Transit Manager Cindy Kelly. “We want to give Californians and other visitors the opportunity to experience our nation’s jewel without adding to the congestion problem.”
Details: YARTS is the only public transit to Yosemite National Park, with buses entering Yosemite Valley from Fresno, Merced, Mammoth Lakes and Sonora, as well as many different towns along the way including Coarsegold, Oakhurst, Bass Lake and Fish Camp. YARTS began service in May 2000, and now provides an alternative to driving to more than 120,000 passengers per year. YARTS daily service resumes on May 14. The Visit www.yarts.com, (877) 989-2787.