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The Planet

The Planet
October 1998 Volume 5, Number 8


Send in the Cars:

A year ago, the National Park Service proposed a limit on the numbers of private day-use vehicles entering Yosemite National Park. Early in August, however, YARTS (Yosemite Area Regional Transportation Strategy), the task force created to solve the area's regional traffic problem, voted to continue to allow day-use private vehicles to enter the park unrestricted. YARTS instead has proposed a seasonal, voluntary shuttle-bus system from neighboring towns, but the plan is not comprehensive enough to get people out of their cars.

Said Joyce Eden, member of the Sierra Club Yosemite Committee, "We're disappointed. This plan does not include incentives, will be costly to riders and will only serve a tiny percentage of the daily visitors."

The Park Service is expected to re-open public comment on a broader plan, the Yosemite Valley Implementation Plan in October. It will include a proposal for acres of new parking and structures in the undisturbed west end of the valley. "Private day-use vehicles and buses that enter the park should be parked in the already developed Yosemite Village area, not in undisturbed outlying areas," said Eden.
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