Asheville City Council accepts money donated for bus shelter by two civic organizations

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From left to right, Councilwoman Kim Roney, Mayor Esther Manheimer, Oasis Recovery Center and Asheville Recovery Center staff Claire Thomas, Jake Gormon, Claire Thomas, and Councilwoman Gwen Wisler join in a check presentation for a new bus shelter in front of the CVS on Merrimon Avenue.


Civic partners have stepped up to provide funding for a new bus shelter — $5,000 in contributions — accepted in a budget amendment by Asheville City Council during their October 12 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 Oasis Recovery Center and Asheville Recovery Center will provide $5,000 to install a bus shelter located at Merrimon Avenue and Deerwood Drive, just south of Edgewood Road outside of CVS, serving the N1 and N2 transit lines. Within the ART Transit System, the stop location is referred to by the following names and numbers: Stop #240: Merrimon Avenue at Edgewood Road.


The City welcomed the community partnership, and acknowledged the need for a shelter at this location, where a shelter once existed but was damaged. 


The City will work with a contractor to install the bus shelter.


Thank you to the Oasis Recovery Center and the Asheville Recovery Center for this donation to improve transit facilities for our ART riders!


Find a copy of the staff report to Council at this link.


About Oasis Recovery Center and Asheville Recovery Center

Oasis Recovery Center

Oasis Recovery Center is a dual diagnosis addiction treatment center. Through our various holistic healing modalities, we guide our clients every step of the way through the recovery process on their journey of quitting drugs and alcohol.

Asheville Recovery Center

Asheville Recovery Center is a drug and alcohol addiction treatment center. Founded by people in recovery, we understand what it takes to truly get sober and give our clients the chance to explore addiction treatment and truly heal.


About ART bus service

Asheville Rides Transit provides bus service throughout Asheville and to Black Mountain from 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays/holidays. 


The ART Station is at 49 Coxe Ave. ART serves 19 routes with an annual ridership of 2.3 million, per pre-Covid data.


It costs $1 to ride the bus one way. A ticket booklet (11 rides) costs $9 and a monthly pass costs $20. Both are available for purchase at the ART Transit Center, 49 Coxe Ave. Cash fares are also accepted. The ART Transit Station, 49 Coxe Ave., has been completely renovated, including improvements to the interior of the station/lobby, additional outdoor seating, and upgraded lighting, as well as new lighted digital displays boards and public wi-fi.


If you haven’t already, we invite you to download the Transit app to your smart device, to help plan your trip for better efficiency. Visit the City of Asheville Transit webpage for more information or stop by the ART Transit Center.


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