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Covid-19 Update: We’re Working for You! 

All departments within the City of Asheville are operating. In the Transit Division, some staff are working remotely, while ART Operations are working at the ART Center and Maintenance facility. ART buses are currently operating and normal capacity and scheduled times. Public meetings will return to in-person meetings beginning in August, 2021.

Covid-19 is an evolving situation. Our partners in Buncombe County are a great resource for the latest information on our community’s Covid-19 response.  To receive emergency texts directly from Buncombe County for breaking health and safety news text BCALERT on your smartphone to 888-777. Sign up for AVL Alerts online for information from the City of Asheville.

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Regional Transit Study in Western North Carolina!

The French Broad River Metropolitan Planning Organization (FBRMPO) works throughout Buncombe County, Haywood County, Henderson County, Madison County, and a small part of Transylvania County to meet the transportation needs of residents by coordinating with the public, NCDOT, Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), public transit agencies, and local governments to bring the regional vision and goals for transportation to fruition.

Public transportation via bus/van services provides millions of trips per year for residents to access jobs, healthcare, and shopping as well as other services and destinations throughout Western North Carolina. These services are especially critical for residents with limited or no access to personal vehicles. Public transportation services are presently provided by different agencies within county lines but have limited options for cross-county trips. To help study the potential for providing cross-county public transportation in Western North Carolina, the FBRMPO is working on a Regional Transit Feasibility Study with Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, and Madison counties.

In a growing region, access to employment and services across county boundaries will be critical for individuals, businesses, and the region as a whole. This study aims to develop recommendations for cross-county public transportation in the FBRMPO planning area by identifying potential routes and opportunities for coordination, developing funding strategies, and creating an implementation plan. 

For more information on the study, please check the study’s page, here:  http://frenchbroadrivermpo.org/regional-transit-feasibility-study. If you have any questions, please contact Emily Scott-Cruz with the FBRMPO (emily@landofsky.org).


Get Involved

Transit Committee 

The Transit Committee functions as an advisory board to the Multimodal Transportation Commission and to City staff on matters affecting the transit system and its operation. The Transit Committee meets the third Tuesday of every month from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The meetings are held on the first floor of City Hall at 70 Court Plaza in the North Conference Room. All meetings are open to the public to attend and provide comments. Past meeting agendas can be found here.

The Transit Committee consists of at least seven members and up to eleven members. All are appointed by the Multimodal Transportation Commission. The term of office is three years. Benefits include a free annual transit pass. Interested persons can apply here. For more information, please contact elovi@ashevillenc.gov

Drive with ART

The City contracts with RATPDev to operate the transit system, who are currently accepting applications for additional operators. You can apply to be a bus operator here.


Plan your trip banner.For real-time information on your next bus, download Moovit, or dial 828-253-5691 and press 1. You can use your touch tone telephone, mobile device (standard cell phone or smartphone), or web enabled computer to see exactly where the bus is and when it will arrive at your stop.

 


 

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  Civic partners stepped up to provide funding for three bus shelters — $16,000 in contributions combined — accepted in a budget amendment by Asheville City Council during their May 25 meeting.   The Transportation Department has been working with these community organizations to provide donations to install standard bus shelters along Asheville Rides Transit bus routes.   The Rotary Club [...]

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    On Thursday, May 20, ART buses resume full capacity.   In accordance with state and federal regulations regarding COVID-19 safety measures, masks must still be worn on all buses and at all transit facilities.  Free masks are available at the Transit Center and on buses.   Here’s what else you need to know about riding ART buses: Fares remain [...]

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City of Asheville announces winter holiday closings and ART bus holiday schedule

  City of Asheville offices will be closed Dec. 24-25 and Dec. 28 in observance of the winter holiday break. City offices will be closed New Year’s Day as well, Jan. 1, 2021.   The City’s Sanitation schedule will not be affected by these closures this year. The Harrah’s Cherokee Center Asheville remains closed to the public [...]