December 2, 2019 - MERCED – The Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS) is offering up to four roundtrip tickets to Yosemite National Park to all Mariposa County households on days when regular service is provided. The tickets are free and are available while supplies last or until June 30, 2020. In addition, a child under 12 may ride for free with a ticketed adult.
“We are pleased to be able to continue this program for our residents,” said Mariposa County Supervisor Miles Menetrey, Chair of the YARTS board. “I hope families take advantage of this great opportunity to spend time in Yosemite together.”
In order to request tickets, a photo ID and/or utility bill must be emailed to YARTS at firstname.lastname@example.org in order to verify residency. Once approved, tickets will be mailed directly to the requestor. Customers can also visit the YARTS office in person at 369 18th Street in Merced to present their documentation and request tickets.
Funding for the program is provided by the Low Carbon Transit Operations Program awarded by the State of California. To learn more about the reduced-fare program or to purchase tickets visit www.yarts.com.
YARTS is a regional public transit service that provides a year-round alternative to driving to Yosemite. YARTS schedules make connections with all intercity transportation providers in Merced: Amtrak, Greyhound and Boutique Air at the Merced Airport, and also connects to transit providers in Mono, Tuolumne and Fresno Counties during summer operations. United Airlines also provides connection through its carriers to Fresno Yosemite International Airport and Mammoth Lakes Airport. Park entrance fees are always included in any YARTS trip. For more information about YARTS, ticket prices, or the seasonal schedules, please visit www.yarts.com or call (877) 989-2787.
YARTS is a California Joint Powers Authority comprised of Merced, Mariposa and Mono Counties in partnership with Caltrans, Federal Highway Administration, National Park Service and the United States Forest Service. The Merced County Association of Governments provides staff services and operational support for YARTS.