Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System
Passengers boarding a YARTS bus at the Merced Amtrak station.
|Slogan||Watch the Scenery, Not the Road|
|Parent||Merced County Association of Governments|
|Service area||Merced/Yosemite region|
|Service type||Intercity Coach|
|Operator||VIA Adventures, Inc.|
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, Mono, Tuolumne, Madera, and Fresno counties, including Yosemite National Park and Fresno Yosemite International Airport.
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 provided over 1,000,000 rides.
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 two elected supervisors 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.
|Route||Destinations||Period of Operation|
|Highway 140||Merced||Catheys Valley, Mariposa, Midpines, El Portal||Yosemite Valley||Year round|
|Highway 120||Sonora||Jamestown, Groveland, Buck Meadows||May - September|
|Highway 41||Fresno||Coarsegold, Oakhurst, Fish Camp, Wawona||May - September|
|Highway 120/395||Mammoth Lakes||June Lake, Lee Vining, Tuolumne Meadows||Memorial Day Weekend
July & August: 7 days
- About - YARTS
- Wilkinson, Brian (2015-05-22). "Fresno-Yosemite bus service begins Saturday". Sierra Star. Retrieved 2015-05-27.
- YARTS Highway 41 Bus Schedule
- "YARTS celebrates 10 years". Merced Sun-Star. Archived from the original on October 25, 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-23.
- George, Carmen (2015-05-20). "New bus route from Fresno to Yosemite starts Saturday". Fresno Bee. Retrieved 2015-05-27.
- Monthly VIA Report 070110 Archived August 22, 2011, at the Wayback Machine