Aramark dropped the Tuolumne-Tioga Pass shuttle, again!

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Aramark dropped the Tuolumne-Tioga Pass shuttle, again!

Post by wildhiker » Mon Sep 09, 2019 9:33 pm

Did a trip Aug 28 - Sep 2 where I started at the Mono Pass/Parker Pass trailhead (between Tuolumne Meadows and Tioga Pass), ended at Tuolumne Meadows and then planned to catch the Tuolumne Shuttle run from the lodge back up to the Mono/Parker Pass trailhead to retrieve my car. Despite the fact that this shuttle service is heavily advertised on the concessionaire and Park Service websites, and despite the fact that the bus stop sign at Tuolumne Lodge clearly showed the route and prices, this shuttle is NOT running, and apparently has not been running since at least mid-August. When the local Tuolumne shuttle bus (that goes west to Olmstead Point) came in to the lodge at 3 pm (supposed time for the shuttle up toward Tioga Pass), I talked to the driver who confirmed that Aramark dropped this second shuttle east to Tioga Pass because it couldn't get enough drivers. He complained that the drivers were so overworked that he didn't even have time to fix the sign! Park Service website still shows this shuttle run 4 times a day as of 9/9/18: https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/tmbus.htm

I ended up hitchhiking back to my car. So annoying that this very useful shuttle service, which operated reliably (and free) under the previous concessionaire for perhaps two decades, is now subject to these arbitrary and unannounced cessations of service.

-Phil








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Re: Aramark dropped the Tuolumne-Tioga Pass shuttle, again!

Post by LMBSGV » Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:35 pm

Since Aramark is in trouble with Yosemite over the shuttle service (or rather lack of adequate service), I hope you let Mike Reynolds know about this. The more concrete specific complaints he receives, the more pressure he can put on Aramark to improve service.

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Re: Aramark dropped the Tuolumne-Tioga Pass shuttle, again!

Post by wildhiker » Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:59 pm

Who is Mike Reynolds, and how do I contact him?

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Re: Aramark dropped the Tuolumne-Tioga Pass shuttle, again!

Post by LMBSGV » Thu Sep 12, 2019 9:22 am

Mike Reynolds is the Superintendent of Yosemite. In other words, he's the boss. Here's the address:

Michael Reynolds
Superintendent
Yosemite National Park
PO Box 577
Yosemite, CA 95389

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