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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. There are reduced customer service hours at the Transit Station (see service alerts here). All public meetings will continue to be virtual for the time being.

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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July 12, 2022

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC: For The CITY OF ASHEVILLE DISADVANTAGED BUSINESS ENTERPRISE (DBE) GOAL – FY 2023-2025

Notice of Goal Availability and Stakeholder Meeting

The City of Asheville hereby publishes the proposed overall DBE Goals for FY 2023-2025 for its federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program for the City of Asheville and Subrecipients. The proposed goal is:

City of Asheville

PROPOSED FY 2023-2025 OVERALL GOAL

City of Asheville

0.2%

The methodology used in developing this goal is available for inspection during normal business hours, until August 11, 2022, at the following location: 

City of Asheville: 

Administrative offices of Transportation Department, 70 Court Plaza, Asheville, NC 28801.  The City of Asheville will receive and consider public comments on the proposed goal until August 11, 2022.  For additional information and questions, please contact Eunice Lovi at Eunice.Lovi@wsp.com. 

Comments for the City of Asheville’s DBE goal may be delivered or mailed to the following address, to be received by 4:30 p.m. on August 11, 2022. City of Asheville, Transportation Department, Attention: Eunice Lovi, 70 Court Plaza, P. O. Box 7148, Asheville, NC 28801.

In addition, the City is providing stakeholders the opportunity to comment on the DBE Goal Methodology at a special meeting on Thursday, July 21, 2022, at 1 p.m. The meeting will be held virtually.  Please contact Eunice Lovi at Eunice.Lovi@wsp.com for questions or additional information. 


ART Overview


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 recently completed a Regional Transit Feasibility Study (summary here) 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. 

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. RATPDev is currently accepting applications for bus drivers. You can apply to be a bus operator here.

Benefits include:

  • $20.78/hr pay during training
  • Base $20.78 starting pay after training base and up to $25.08
  • $2,000 sign-on bonus 
  • Training to obtain Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) 
  • Excellent benefits package

For more information, contact LaShawn Abraham by email or at 828-782-3966. 

Bus Shelter Donations

Different community groups have donated funds to pay for bus shelters and other transit amenities at high-ridership stops. Staff and riders greatly appreciate these partnerships! Recent partners include:

If you or an organization you work with are interested in helping improve transit amenities in the City of Asheville, please contact Hayley Burton for more information.


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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