Low Carbon Transit Operations Program - LCTOP - YARTS - Public Transit to Yosemite
Low Carbon Transit Operations Program – LCTOP

Residents who live in Mariposa & Merced Counties can apply to receive one free round-trip ticket to ride YARTS. This program is for the YARTS service on Highway 140 only.

In order to travel for free, residents must send a completed application (linked below) along with proof of address (driver’s license, utility bill, etc.) to [email protected]. Proof of residency must be provided to receive tickets. Once residence is verified, a voucher number will be issued to the applicant which can be used to make online reservations using the YARTS Reservation System.

Requests will be processed in the order of which they are received, and will be fulfilled until all tickets have been issued or funding has been exhausted.

To get your free ticket, complete the application below and email it to [email protected]

Application for Free YARTS Tickets

Terms and Conditions:

  • This promotion is open to Merced and Mariposa County residents.
  • Cancellations will not be refunded or rescheduled.
  • YARTS is not liable for lost or stolen voucher information.
  • YARTS buses are ADA accessible.
  • Applicant must be 18 years of age and older, and a resident of Merced or Mariposa County.
    One free adult round-trip ticket voucher will be issued per resident.
    o Children 0-5 ride for free* (see application).
    o 1 free child 6yrs-12yrs with each paid adult fare* (see application).
    o Each additional child 6yrs-12yrs pays a reduced fare price (may apply separately– must provide proof of residency).
    o Children 13yrs-17yrs pay a reduced fare price (may apply separately– must provide proof of residency).
    *Reservation system/transaction fees may apply.
  • All applicants must submit proof of address (government issued identification, utility bill, etc.) to verify residency.
    Email completed form and proof of residency to [email protected].
    Those without access to the internet or email may apply in-person, with proof of residency, at the YARTS Administration office: 357 W. 18th Street, Merced, CA 95340.
  • For assistance over the phone, please contact YARTS Administrative Staff at 209-723-3100.
    No physical tickets will be issued.
    Eligible participants will be emailed a voucher that can be used to make a reservation online, via the YARTS website, www.YARTS.com.
    Each voucher code may only be used once and only one voucher code may be used per transaction.
    Ticket vouchers will be distributed based on available funding and in the order of which they are received – one per resident. This program is made possible by funding from the Low Carbon Transit Operations Program (LCTOP). Program will end when all tickets have been issued and/or when funding has been exhausted. Quantities are limited.