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Save Tuolumne free buses

Postby markskor » Wed Sep 16, 2015 12:12 pm

In Yosemite, the free buses Tuolumne are on the chopping block. The bus drivers mentioned that the only way to save this valuable resource is to drop a letter to the superintendent Yosemite.
So, take a second and copy and paste below...

yose_planning@nps.gov

Superintendent Don Neubacher
Attn: Tuolumne Meadows Hiker Bus.
Last year Yosemite provided much-needed transportation options... car-free access to and around the high country. I understand that these services are being/(could be?) curtailed next year. This would be tragic...a bad decision. Please continue the Tuolumne free bus services - both the small shuttle (Olmsted Point - the Lodge) and the hiker bus traversing from Valley - Tuolumne.

edit to add:

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Superintendent Don Neubacher
Attn: Tuolumne Meadows Hiker Bus
P.O. BOX 577
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CA 95389-0577
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Re: Save Tuolumne free buses

Postby rlown » Wed Sep 16, 2015 1:09 pm

message sent to Yose..
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Re: Save Tuolumne free buses

Postby longri » Wed Sep 16, 2015 1:12 pm

I heard this as well but have not seen any confirmation.
Is it true?

If so it seems so short sighted and contradictory to the stated aim to reduce car use in the park.
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Re: Save Tuolumne free buses

Postby zacjust32 » Wed Sep 16, 2015 4:18 pm

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Re: Save Tuolumne free buses

Postby markskor » Thu Sep 17, 2015 9:34 am

Just to add -
Mav sent me an e-mail suggesting that one petition, coming from all of us here on HST, might carry much more weight than many individual messages sent...seems reasonable.
If you cannot send one "keep the Tuolumne buses" request in yourself, just add a "+1" here, and I will gladly write/ assemble a group message to the superintendent - coming from all us concerned folks here at HST.
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Re: Save Tuolumne free buses

Postby maverick » Thu Sep 17, 2015 9:44 am

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Re: Save Tuolumne free buses

Postby markskor » Thu Sep 17, 2015 10:12 am

first draft...

Superintendent Don Neubacher
Attn: Tuolumne Meadows Hiker Buses
Sir,
I am a representative/ administrator from a hiking forum - HighSierraTopix.com.
Recently the subject of the Tuolumne free bus closure has attracted forum responses, all concerned with the possible closure/demise of the free Tuolumne bus lines - both the free small Tuolumne shuttle (Olmsted Point - Tuolumne Lodge), and the Hiker shuttle that ran Valley - Tuolumne.

From riding both these buses this past season, all the drivers have mentioned that Yosemite is considering ending both lines - end of 2015 hiking season. This confuses me after all your supposed emphasis recently on alleviating cars/ congestion from the park roads. In the past, Yosemite has shown an enlightened attitude in how it treats guests in the park. These buses enabled hikers to access trailheads without adding crowded TH parking lots...greatly reducing the 120 traffic...just a great resource for those of us hiking the wilderness trails. Why are hikers/backpackers now being penalized for visiting Yosemite...doing it their way...sans car? Do you really want to see more hitch-hikers on the 120 corridor? Do you want to add more 120 parking? Are you just catering to the Valley cash cows? Is this a decision based on Delaware North's losing the concession? (BTW, they did not do a good job anyway.)

This ceasing of the Tuolumne bus service seems a major step in the wrong direction...why? Our forum is 7,000 strong - all backpackers, and all agreeing that ending these Yosemite Tuolumne bus services is a bad decision, one better off not taken.
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Re: Save Tuolumne free buses

Postby Wandering Daisy » Thu Sep 17, 2015 10:31 am

Good idea but I would tone down the petition. Maybe just me, but as is, it sounds too confrontational. No need to bring in anything about Delaware North or "fat cats" in the valley. Just state that backpackers really use this service and it has reduced congestion on 120. Personally I would be willing to pay a small amount too. Just like a city bus, drop coins in when you get on. Or have Yosemite issue an annual "bus pass" for a small fee (I would be willing to pay $20 for an annual Tuolumne area shuttle only). As for the Valley to Tuolumne, are you talking about the YARTS bus? I was not aware of any other bus does this.
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Re: Save Tuolumne free buses

Postby markskor » Thu Sep 17, 2015 10:43 am

Wd - thanks for the good critique...good points.

FYI, Last year Yosemite provided, for the first time, a free shuttle bus, 3X a day from the Valley - Tuolumne...also a return trip TM - Valley, also 3X a day...all free (not the YARTS bus). This was in addition to the smaller TM free shuttle that traversed Olmsted Point to the Lodge and back. Both these bus routes are now at risk.

I rode these buses many times, (BTW, a large white bus holding ~45 hikers) - same size as the YARTS.
Buses were always full during the prime hiking season.
Just a great resource long needed.
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Re: Save Tuolumne free buses

Postby ERIC » Thu Sep 17, 2015 11:03 am

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Re: Save Tuolumne free buses

Postby copeg » Thu Sep 17, 2015 12:15 pm

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Re: Save Tuolumne free buses

Postby Rockyroad » Thu Sep 17, 2015 1:45 pm

+1

Is the proposal to totally eliminate the bus routes or just the "free" portion? I also would not mind paying a small fee. But I can't imagine anyone would propose eliminating the bus route along 120 which would result in a massive traffic increase along 120. However, I could see eliminating the Tuolumne to Valley route if YARTS already serves that purpose.
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