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Ride YARTS Free To Yosemite On Earth Day

MOUNTAIN AREA — Yosemite Area Regional Transportation (YARTS) is celebrating Earth Day by offering free rides on YARTS buses into Yosemite National Park.

In 2015, the Park experienced an all-time record number of visitors, welcoming 4,150,217 people.

“At YARTS, we want to do our part to help visitors be good stewards of the park and enhance their Yosemite experience by encouraging them to take public transportation,” says Staff Analyist Cindy Kelly.

Below you will find agendas for the two free YARTS Express buses to Yosemite on Earth Day, April 23. Both Highways 140 (from Merced, Mariposa) and 41 (from Fresno, Oakhurst) are included. There is no admission fee for the park when riding YARTS.

YARTS will begin accepting reservations beginning on Apr. 4 with a cut-off date of Apr. 19, or until the buses have been filled, whichever comes first. All reservations must be made via email and are accepted on a first come, first served basis. They must be for same day round-trip passengers. This information, and much more is available on the website at www.yarts.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/rideyarts.

All regularly scheduled YARTS bus runs will operate as normal, with the exception that all children, ages 16 and under, ride FREE on ANY YARTS bus ALL DAY.

SCHEDULE for FREE YARTS EXPRESS to YOSEMITE on EARTH DAY

Highway 41 — Fresno/Madera County — April 23, 2016
(for Same Day, Round-Trip passengers only)

BUS 1

LEAVES 8 AM FROM FRESNO AMTRAK/GREYHOUND
LEAVES 9:30 AM FROM OAKHURST BEST WESTERN
ARRIVES YOSEMITE VALLEY VISITOR CENTER AT 11 AM
LEAVES YOSEMITE VALLEY VISITOR CENTER AT 4:05 PM
ARRIVES OAKHURST BEST WESTERN 5:35 PM
ARRIVES FRESNO AMTRAK/GREYHOUND 7:05 PM

BUS 2

LEAVES 8:30 AM FROM FRESNO AMTRAK/GREYHOUND
LEAVES 10 AM FROM OAKHURST BEST WESTERN
ARRIVES YOSEMITE VALLEY VISITOR CENTER 11:30 AM
LEAVES YOSEMITE VALLEY VISITOR CENTER AT 4:35 PM
ARRIVES OAKHURST BEST WESTERN 6:05 PM
ARRIVES FRESNO AMTRAK/GREYHOUND 7:35 PM

Email reservations only, to cynthia.kelly@yarts.com
(limited to 2 passengers for each reservation)
Reservations start Apr. 4 and accepted until:
1) Bus if full or,
2) Apr. 19, whichever comes first

To YOSEMITE-Passengers will be required to show printed emailed reservation confirmation to on-site staff prior to boarding bus.

From YOSEMITE– Passengers will be required to surrender printed emailed confirmation to driver prior to boarding bus.

Passengers must take same bus back to Fresno that they took to Yosemite (either bus 1 or 2)

All other runs will run at normal times/fares, except all children 16 and under ride FREE on ANY YARTS bus on Apr. 23 for Earth Day.

Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System
369 W. 18th Street, Merced, CA 95340
(290) 388-9589 or (877) 989-2787
www.yarts.com
www.facebook.com/rideyarts

Highway 140 — Merced/Mariposa – April 23, 2016
(for Same Day, Round-Trip passengers only)

BUS 1

Leaves 8 a.m. FROM MERCED TRANSPO
LEAVES 8:10 AM FROM MERCED AMTRAK
LEAVES 8:50 AM FROM MARIPOSA PARK & RIDE
ARRIVES YOSEMITE VALLEY VISITOR CENTER AT 10 AM
LEAVES YOSEMITE VALLEY VISITOR CENTER AT 4 PM
ARRIVE MARIPOSA PARK & RIDE 5:10 PM
ARRIVES MERCED AMTRAK 5:50 PM
ARRIVES MERCED TRANSPO 6 PM

BUS 2

LEAVES 8:30 AM FROM MERCED TRANSPO
LEAVES 8:40 AM FROM MERCED AMTRAK
LEAVES 9:20 AM FROM MARIPOSA PARK & RIDE
ARRIVES YOSEMITE VALLEY VISITOR CENTER 10:30 AM
LEAVES YOSEMITE VALLEY VISITOR CENTER AT 4:30 PM
ARRIVES MARIPOSA PARK & RIDE 5:40 PM
ARRIVES MERCED AMTRAK 6:20 PM
ARRIVES MERCED TRANSPO 6:30 PM

Email reservations only, to cynthia.kelly@yarts.com
(limited to 2 passengers for each reservation)
Reservations start Apr. 4 and accepted until:
1) Bus if full or,
2) Apr. 19, whichever comes first

To YOSEMITE-Passengers will be required to show printed emailed reservation confirmation to on-site staff prior to boarding bus.

From YOSEMITE– Passengers will be required to surrender printed emailed confirmation to driver prior to boarding bus.

Passengers must take same bus back to Merced that they took to Yosemite (either bus 1 or 2)

All other runs will run at normal times/fares, except all children 16 and under ride FREE on ANY YARTS bus on Apr. 23 for Earth Day.

Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System
369 W. 18th Street, Merced, CA 95340
(290) 388-9589 or (877) 989-2787
www.yarts.com
www.facebook.com/rideyarts

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