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YARTS welcomes Tuolumne County to board

The Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors took action on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 to accept the invitation by the Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS) Board of Directors to join the YARTS Joint Powers Authority.

The Board also appointed Supervisors Ryan Campbell, District 2, and Kathleen Haff, District 4, to represent Tuolumne County on the YARTS board.

YARTS is governed by a board comprised of two Supervisors from each of the member Counties. Tuolumne County joins Mariposa, Merced, and Mono Counties as voting member agencies of YARTS, and Madera and Fresno Counties as non-voting members.

YARTS has operated along Highway 120 from Sonora to Yosemite National Park since 2012 and offers three daily round trips during the summer season that runs from May to September.

“I am excited to welcome my colleagues from Tuolumne County to the YARTS team,” said Merced County Supervisor Scott Silveira, YARTS Board Chair. “Both Tuolumne County and the Tuolumne County Transportation Commission have been exceptionally supportive of YARTS for the past nine years and we celebrate this moment in partnership with them.”

“I am thrilled to represent Tuolumne County in this regional transportation JointPpowers Authority,” said Supervisor Haff. “I look forward to working with the group on a winning long-range strategy that will position YARTS well for generations to come!”

This year, Tuolumne service runs from May 17-September 30. Reservations for YARTS tickets can be made at: www.yarts.com. There are no additional charges to get into Yosemite beyond the YARTS fare. For more information about YARTS schedules, routes, or COVID-19 safety measures, 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 administrative services and operational support for YARTS.

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