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MRP Transportation Workshop

Stage coach on the old Wawona Road with view of Half Dome and Bridalveil Fall.

While modes of transportation have changed in the last 150 years, it can still be a challenge to get around in Yosemite.

The purpose of this workshop is to gain a common understanding of transportation issues and constraints and how these may affect river values. The Merced River Plan will identify opportunities for different types of transportation options that provide visitor access while offering a quality experience and protecting river values. The workshop will provide the public with the opportunity to participate in discussions about the various transportation and related access options that may be considered in the plan and how these may affect river values and their experiences.

The workshop will showcase research, modeling and other information related to transportation considerations that will inform the development of the Merced River Plan.

April 26, 2011
1-4 pm
Yosemite Lodge - Garden Terrace

Agenda [136 kb PDF]
Presenter Bios. [136 kb PDF]
Comment Form [100 kb PDF]

Presentations given at the workshop:

  1. Presentation 1: Introduction
  2. Presentation 2 [1.2 MB PDF]: Transportation Issues and the Merced River Plan
  3. Presentation 3 [4 MB PDF]: Current Transportation Conditions
  4. Presentation 4 [52 MB PDF]: Video simulations of traffic patterns in currently congested areas of Yosemite Valley This is a large file as it has embedded .wmv files that you can click on to view.
  5. Presentation 5 [3.6 MB PDF]: How Transportation and Access Options Affect River Values

Watch a recording of the Transportation Workshop. This is an unedited recording of the workshop with all of its technical glitches.

Did You Know?

Train traveling along the Merced River to Yosemite National Park.

Starting in 1907, the Yosemite Valley Railroad brought passengers bound for Yosemite Valley up the Merced River canyon to El Portal. From there, they would take stagecoaches to the Valley. Some of the old train cars are now on display in El Portal.