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YARTS bus system adjusts route schedule over fire concerns

The Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS) said its bus runs 1, 2, and 2A will leave as posted on its Web site (www.yarts.com) and use Highway 140, if possible. If the highway is closed, these runs will travel to Yosemite Valley by going through Oakhurst and Wawona.

Runs 3, 4, 5A and 6 will also need to reach Yosemite Valley the long way through Oakhurst, but will leave from Merced as scheduled. Run 5 will depart from Modesto Amtrak station at 9:45 a.m., using Highway 120 to access the park.

The outbound runs will be changed as follows:

Run 8 will go to Modesto and Merced via Highway 120. Amtrak and Greyhound passengers staying at Cedar Lodge or the Yosemite View Lodge will need to ride runs 1, 2, or 2A to meet the Run 8 departure from Yosemite.

Runs 9 and 9A will both leave Yosemite Valley at 4:15 p.m., with one of the buses going to Modesto and Merced via Highway 120 and the other looping into El Portal and then back into the park to return to Merced through Oakhurst. This bus will also make a loop through Midpines on the way out.

Runs 10 will leave Yosemite as scheduled, but loop through El Portal before exiting the park through Wawona and Oakhurst. It will also loop up through Midpines during the run.

Runs 11 and 12 will leave the park at 5:45 p.m.,, with one going to Modesto and Merced via Highway 120 and the other looping into El Portal and then back into the park to return to Merced through Oakhurst. There will also be a loop through Midpines on this run.

Run 12 A will not run as posted, but will be used to provide Run 14 at the end of the day.

YARTS said it would return to its regular schedule as soon as is possible, and the fire would determine when that might be.

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