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.
Riders paid between $7 and $15, which included the entrance fee for those riding YARTS buses.
A few parks already have launched systems such as the pilot project at Yosemite National Park in California, begun last summer by the Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (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.
Others are frustrated because initially the National Park Service had said the parking area would be temporary, to be slowly phased out as YARTS' busing plan assumed greater capacity.
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.