Why I’m not an economist

My “cost-benefit” earlier this week on taking the bus to Yosemite vs driving failed to take into consideration the $20 park entrance fee.

It’s a wonder I’m even allowed to write about this stuff.

So let’s try again. Adding the entrance fee onto what I figured earlier, it’d probably cost me about $43 to drive alone vs. $25 to take the bus from Sonora (round-trip).

Two adults would pay $50 for the bus. But… a family of four with two kids 12 years old or younger could also ride for $50, since there’s one free kid allowed for each paying adult.

And, if you’ll drive just a little further up the hill to Groveland before you hop on the bus, fares are cheaper.

So, depending on your car’s gas mileage (mine isn’t too great), and whether you’re toting teenagers ($18 each on the bus, which adds up quick), YARTS may well prove to be as cheap or even cheaper than driving in.

Thanks, Jeff Michael, for bailing me out.

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