Transit Master Plan

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Draft Plan Available Now Available

Transit Master Plan Draft Final

Transit Master Plan Appendix A: Schedules and Span of Service

Transit Master Plan Recent Updates

The Draft Final Transit Master Plan is now available for review!  The plan will now go through a final review by the Transit Committee, Multimodal Transportation Commission, and then go to the Asheville City Council for final review on June 19th.

 A public meeting will be held for a final review of the Draft Final Plan on June 18, 6:30-8:30PM.  The meeting will be held at Asheville Public Works Building, 1st Floor, Room A109, 161 S Charlotte Street, Asheville, NC. 28801.

You may send questions or comments to staff via email or phone.  If you cannot access the documents or need help interpreting them, staff are happy to provide additional assistance and reasonable accommodations.

An updated project timeline is posted below.  For all questions, comments, or for additional assistance, please contact:

Elias Mathes
Transit Planning Manager
City of Asheville

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 have been 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 early summer of 2018.

The Project Team conducted three Community Workshops and multiple Discussion Group Work Sessions with various stakeholder organizations in fall 2017 and winter 2018 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.

Here are the final steps for the plan:

Transit Committee Meeting- Draft Final Plan Review and Recommendations to Multimodal Transportation Commission

May 15, 2018;  3:30-5:30PM

Asheville Municipal Building, 4th Floor Police and Fire Training Room

100 Court Plaza, Asheville, NC. 28801


Multimodal Transportation Commission Meeting- Draft Final Plan Review and Recommendations to City Council

May 23, 2018;  3:30-5:00PM

Asheville City Hall, 1st Floor Conference Room

70 Court Plaza, Asheville, NC. 28801


Public Meeting- Final Review of Draft Plan

June 18, 2018;  6:30-8:30PM

Asheville Public Works Building, 1st Floor, Room A109

161 S Charlotte Street, 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.

City Council Meeting- Final Review of Draft Plan

June 19, 2018;  5:00-7:00PM

Asheville City Hall, 2nd Floor, City Council Chambers

70 Court Plaza, 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