Sir Les is a politician by trade and has held many influential roles down under, including Chairman of the Australian Cheese Board, Minister Of The Yarts (arts) and Minister for Sport with special responsibility to keep sports rampantly heterosexual and "blokey".
The YARTS system is a cooperative effort among Mariposa, Merced, and Mono counties, the Park Service, the California Department of Transportation, the Forest Service, and the U.
Last year's two-year demonstration project was successful enough that early this year, the YARTS board voted to jump right into a five-year project, says Jess Brown, executive director of YARTS.
The Park Service also proposed building a 20-acre parking area at Taft Toe (in the valley's west end), where day visitors and people approaching the valley on a YARTS busing system--now scheduled to begin on a trial basis the summer of 2000 with 16 buses--would stop and board a valley shuttle bus system.
And Patti Reilly, a Mariposa County supervisor and member of the YARTS management board, says YARTS had never envisioned a system of mandatory busing but rather a voluntary system based on incentive to get people to use buses.