Transit Master Plan

Asheville bus

Happening Now

The City of Asheville Transit Master Plan is the guiding document for the City's transit system. It provides specific routing recommendations to improve service in the short-term, and serves as a long-term vision plan for future expansion and improvements. City Staff are working with consultants from Tindale Oliver to develop an updated plan over the course of fall 2017 and spring 2018. The final plan is expected to be complete in late spring or early summer of 2018.

The Project Team conducted three Community Workshops and multiple Discussion Group Work Sessions with various stakeholder organizations in fall 2017 where the public was able to meet with the Project Team to provide feedback on the transit system and discuss ideas on how to improve service.  In addition to the Community Workshops, an online and paper survey was available to the public as well as a Rider Survey that was administered on the buses by volunteers from The People's Transit Campaign.

The project has now entered the analysis and planning phase where the Project Team will begin developing a Draft Plan.  There will be additional opportunities for public feedback in spring 2018 once the Draft Plan has been posted. 

Public Meeting #1- Draft Plan Review

March 26, 2018; 6:30-8:30PM

City of Asheville Public Works Building, Floor 1, Room A109

161 S Charlotte St, Asheville, NC. 28801

**A free shuttle will be provided to transport passengers directly from the ART Station to the meeting at the Public Works Building.  The shuttle will leave the ART Station every 15 minutes, starting at 6:15PM and ending at 8:45PM.**


Transit Committee Meeting- Draft Plan Review

March 27, 2018;  3:30-5:30PM

Asheville City Hall, 6th Floor, HR Training Room

70 Court Plaza, Asheville, NC. 28801


Multimodal Transportation Commission Meeting- Draft Plan Review

March 28, 2018;  3:30-5:00PM

Asheville City Hall, 1st Floor Conference Room

70 Court Plaza, Asheville, NC. 28801


Public Meeting #2- Final Plan Presentation

May 21, 2018;  6:30-8:30PM

City of Asheville Public Works Building, Floor 1, Room A109

161 S Charlotte St, Asheville, NC. 28801


The goal of the Transit Master Plan is to establish a mobility vision and program of investments that have community consensus, support and approval for more effective and efficient ART public transportation services to meet the needs of Asheville and support our continued growth.

The original Transit Master Plan was developed in 2009 and adopted in 2010.  Since that time, Asheville has experienced significant growth which has impacted the operations of the transit system.  An update to the plan will provide short term corrections to the existing system which will address issues like route timing and reliability, and it will provide long-term recommendations for how to expand service in the future.  

The project team, led by Tindale-Oliver & Associates, will work with the City’s Transit Planning Division to collect data and public input to help determine what enhancements may be recommended. Information will be collected through an on-board survey of riders, an online survey of the general public, stakeholder interviews and public workshops that will focus on the public’s opinion about Asheville’s future transit growth.


Supporting Documents

2009 Transit Master Plan


Contact Information

Elias Mathes
Transit Planning Manager
City of Asheville