YOSEMITE — Yosemite National Park has added two new shuttle buses to the park’s fleet which serves over 3.7 million visitors each year.
Visitors are encouraged to park their vehicles in a day-parking area, at their campground or lodging, and ride the park’s free shuttle to explore Yosemite Valley.
With the addition of these two new diesel-electric hybrid buses, Yosemite National Park now operates 27 shuttle buses serving visitors in Yosemite Valley, Tuolumne Meadows and Glacier Point, helping to alleviate traffic congestion throughout the park, cut down on fuel emissions, and provide visitors with easy transportation to popular destinations.
Park visitors utilizing the free shuttle bus can visit Yosemite Falls, Yosemite Village and El Capitan. The shuttle service in Tuolumne Meadows provides access to the visitor center, Lembert Dome and other popular trailheads. The shuttle bus to Glacier Point brings visitors to the iconic location from which they can view Yosemite Valley and Vernal, Nevada and Yosemite Falls.
The buses were manufactured by New Flyer in St. Cloud, Minn., and are 40 feet long, fully accessible and accommodate up to 74 passengers. They are powered by a diesel-electric hybrid engine that is 50 percent more efficient than standard diesel engines.
“The shuttle bus system in Yosemite National Park provides visitors with easy access to popular destinations and alleviates the need to drive from one point to another throughout the park,” says Acting Superintendent Chip Jenkins. “These shuttle buses are an essential component of our visitor services operation in Yosemite National Park, and we are excited to add two new buses to the fleet.”
The park’s shuttle fleet is operated by Yosemite Hospitality, Inc. (a subsidiary of Aramark), the park’s primary concessionaire.
Yosemite National Park serves over 5 million visitors annually, including visitors who arrive by private tour bus, YARTS (Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System – www.yarts.com), and in private vehicles. Park visitors provide a cumulative benefit to the local economy in our gateway communities of nearly $700 million.