Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System
Passengers boarding a YARTS bus at the Merced Amtrak station.
|Slogan||Watch the Scenery, Not the Road|
|Service area||Merced/Yosemite region|
|Service type||Intercity Coach|
|Alliance||VIA Adventures, Inc.|
|Operator||Merced County Association of Governments|
The Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System, also known as YARTS, is a public transit bus line based in Merced, California. YARTS provides scheduled service into popular locations within Merced, Mariposa, and Mono counties, including Yosemite National Park.
First proposed in 1992, YARTS was designed as a way to reduce traffic and increase accessibility to Yosemite National Park. In May 2000, after 8 years of planning, the bus line officially commenced service in Yosemite's neighboring communities. To date, the Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System has served over 500,000 passengers.
YARTS is managed by the Merced County Association of Governments, and governed by a Joint Powers Authority between Merced, Mariposa, and Mono counties. Each county provides an elected supervisor to serve on the governing board.
Although the Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System maintains a proprietary fleet of motor coaches, the majority of passengers utilizing the YARTS service are carried by VIA Adventures.
VIA Adventures, Inc. is a private charter bus company based in Merced and Tempe, Arizona. Through a contract with YARTS, VIA Adventures handles most of the passenger traffic originating from stops along the Highway 140 route. During the month of July 2011, VIA carried over 10,000 passengers.
- About - YARTS
- "YARTS celebrates 10 years". Merced Sun-Star. Retrieved 2009-11-23.[dead link]
- Merced County Times - Stimulus rides into town on the back of YARTS
- Monthly VIA Report 070110