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September 20, 2013

Yosemite transit extended through late this month

The Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS) is extending transit service on Highway 120, west and east corridors, through Sunday, September 29, 2013. Previously, the runs from Tuolumne County, on Highway 120 West, were scheduled to end for the season on September 15, 2013. The service from Mono County, on Highway 120 East, will continue to operate on weekends through Sunday, September 29, 2013.

A Yosemite National Park bus system, which was closed because of the massive Rim fire last month, will extend its run until the last weekend of September.

The Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System, or YARTS, will offer its transit service on Highway 120 through Sept. 29, according to a press release. The bus trip is offered east and west for both Mono and Tuolumne counties.

“We are thrilled to be able to resume and extend these YARTS runs until the end of the month,” Dick Whittington, transit manager of YARTS, said in a press release.

Both of the YARTS routes were temporarily interrupted in August because of the Rim fire in and around Yosemite. The fire has left a 400-square-mile scar in the Stanislaus National Forest.

Portions of east and west Highway 120 were closed because of the fire. Last Saturday, all of Highway 120 in and around the park reopened, the release said, allowing the YARTS service to resume.

YARTS has been providing transit service to Yosemite along the Highway 140 and Highway 120 east corridors since 2000. This is the second year of YARTS service along Highway 120 west from Sonora.

For a full schedule of bus runs in the Yosemite area, go to

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