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Breaking News – You can still drive your car in Yosemite National Park

Yes, you can still drive your car or rental car in Yosemite National Park. With all news of the new Hybrid buses, you might be concerned that you might have to park your car at the Gate and use the buses as you only method of transportation. NOT TRUE!! There are many places that you can drive to within the park as well as small private communities like Wawona, Foresta and Yosemite West, where you can rent vacation lodges, which are just not accessible by bus. In fact, many trail heads are easier to get to by car then by buses, so having a car in the park is an asset.

The transit system does have merit too and the new Hybrid buses are welcome addition. Similar diesel-electric buses are already running in 22 cities around the country, but this will be the first fleet to operate in a national park. They produce up to 90% fewer emissions and they're quieter than conventional buses. The fleet of hybrid buses will be maintained and operated by DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc. The buses will shuttle you in Yosemite Valley and in the Mariposa Grove of Sequoias. The National Park Service's concern for increasing noise and emissions levels in the Yosemite Valley were the main factors behind the decision to replace its existing fleet of conventional diesel buses with hybrid-powered buses.

The hybrid buses will operate year-round, carry up to 1,050 passengers per hour, and provide continuous service to visitors for 15 hours a day. Yosemite Valley ridership averages 17,800 passengers per day on busy days and can reach up to 23,000 passengers.

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