Adding Buses To Yosemite And Valley?
YARTS Bus Leaves Downtown Sonora
Sonora, CA -- Local transportation leaders are looking at whether that can become a reality. A Caltrans grant funded the study done for the Yosemite Area Regional Transit System (YARTS). The study included surveys to improve service and increase ridership. It also looked at ways to market the system better and the feasibility of extending services to the Central Valley.
Tuolumne County Transportation Council Executive Director, Darrin Grossi says, "Over all the YARTS service is doing pretty well. There are some days that we do quite well; on the July 4th weekend we had 80 riders in one day, that's filling up two buses in one day. Other days we typically have about 15 riders on any given day which is good but not great. We need to increase those numbers."
Grossi stresses one encouraging note is that YARTS has hooked up with an area casino. "We're really happy YARTS has been able to negotiate a deal with Black Oak Casino Resort. They're doing a shuttle from the casino to link up with YARTS. We are working on expanding a run to stop at the casino possibly next year."
Grossi says nothing is ready to be implemented at this time the study just gives them direction and possible areas of improvement or growth. He says, "The cost to provide service is pretty high. As to how many people would ride it and what the cost would be, how we would recover the operating costs are still kind of unknown at this point. Also we don't know where we'd ever get the funding. So we do need to work with some of the local merchants and some of our elected officials to figure out what Tuolumne County wants to accomplish in the next year in this regard."
Written by Tracey Petersen
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