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Asheville City offices to close for MLK Jr. Day, ART buses will run on a holiday schedule

    Asheville City government offices will be closed Jan. 20 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Here is a look at City services affected and a special event downtown that day.   Trash and recycling Though City offices will be closed, Sanitation Services will run on schedule. Residential trash and recycling will be collected as [...]

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2020 ART bus improvements to include more frequency, new routes and added convenience 

    It’s here at last. Starting Jan. 5, ART buses will run more frequently with an increased focus on improving on-time performance.   There are so many improvements to our routes that the City of Asheville put together an online resource page titled Service Changes January 2020. On this page, riders will find new [...]

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2020 City of Asheville initiatives: What to look for in the new year

With a new year comes new programs, facility improvements and projects to improve our community. Here’s a look ahead at 10 Asheville City government initiatives as we ring in not only a new year, but a new decade  in 2020.     Civic Center gets Harrah’s Cherokee name  The year 2020 will start with excitement for the newly named Harrah’s Cherokee Center — [...]

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Asheville 2019 in review: Electric buses, election format, red pandas and more

  With 2019 nearly in the books, it’s time to take stock of City of Asheville projects and developments from the past year. Here are 10 initiatives that your City government advanced in 2019. Read about the Asheville Police Department’s accomplishments for 2019 at this link. We’ll have 2020 initiatives to look [...]

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City of Asheville announces winter break holiday closings

  ART bus suspended on Dec. 25, runs on holiday schedule New Year’s Day   Asheville City government offices will be closed Dec. 24, 25 and 26 and Jan. 1 in observance of the winter holiday break and New Year’s Day. The following is a roundup of services affected by holiday closures.   ART bus service City bus service will be suspended starting [...]

City of Asheville offices close for Thanksgiving holiday

    ART bus service suspended on Thanksgiving Day as well   Asheville City government offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28, and Friday, Nov. 29, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Here is a roundup of City service holiday schedules.   ART bus service ART bus service will be suspended Nov. 28, in observance of the Thanksgiving Day holiday. Thanksgiving is [...]

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Asheville holiday festivities kick-off Nov. 22, in time for the Holiday Parade on Nov. 23, and continue through the season 

    With the holidays around the corner, the City of Asheville is excited to promote several festive events around town that encourage families to enjoy the winter season while eating, shopping and celebrating the holidays in the city’s business districts. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive in Asheville Nov. 22 for the kick off of the

Asheville streets drying out, Public Works monitoring for potential icy spots

    The snow that blew through Asheville this morning left wind in its wake, and that is drying out streets quickly.   “We have been all around the city all morning and have found very few to no issues,” said City Streets Manager Chad Bandy. “We will continue to have trucks ready to address spots as they are [...]

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City of Asheville is prepared for road impacts from overnight wintry weather

  Find the latest Tuesday updates at this link.   Monday, Nov. 11: In preparation for the cold front moving our way, the Asheville Public Works Department is preparing for any snow or ice that may come with it.   The National Weather Service forecast has been fairly consistent for the last 36 hours.   Rain is [...]

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Here’s a rundown on Asheville’s newly updated dangerous weapons ordinance

    During their Oct. 22 meeting, City Council adopted an update to Asheville’s weapons ordinance and we’d like everyone to understand what this means. The update clarifies the existing City ordinance by specifying that it prohibits dangerous weapons on City buses and firearms in other areas, such as City buildings and grounds, including the Transit Center and [...]

ART Station construction impacts begin on Monday, Sept. 16

ART Station construction impacts begin on Monday, Sept. 16. These include: Temporary ADA ramp constructed where N3/170 currently board. These buses will load on Asheland Avenue. On Tues, Sept. 17, ticketing, bathrooms, and the passenger waiting areas will be relocated to the temporary mobile units next to the Transit Center. W1, W2, N3, and 170 will board [...]

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City of Asheville offices closed for Labor Day, ART buses to run on holiday schedule

    Asheville City government offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 2, in observance of the Labor Day holiday. Though City offices will be closed, including the Sanitation Office, trash and recycling will be collected as normal on Sept. 2. However, there will be no brush collection.  Anyone with a collection issue should call the Customer Service line [...]

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Asheville City Council authorizes purchase of hybrid and diesel buses while staff continues to evaluate electric bus technology  

    The City of Asheville will buy seven new hybrid and diesel buses for the ART fleet, following Aug. 27 action by City Council to authorize their purchase.   In 2018, the City received $5.7 million in federal grant funds from the French Broad River Metropolitan Planning Organization to buy new transit buses. The City match for the [...]

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Transit Master Plan year-one implementation to deliver a 25% increase in service, triggering contract amendment

  In the adopted Fiscal Year 2020 budget, Asheville City Council allocated an additional $1.2 million in funds to support year-one implementation of the Transit Master Plan. The funding is intended to focus on improvements to on-time performance, customer service and fleet maintenance, including 20,400 new service hours (to start in [...]

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Attention bus riders! ART Bus Station renovation to begin

  With the bus travel lane stormwater project completed earlier this year, the second phase of the improvements to the ART Bus Station, 49 Coxe Ave., are about to begin. That is the renovation of the lobby/ticketing area!   This will include a complete renovation of the interior of the station lobby/ticketing area as the first phase of [...]

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Asheville City Council clears the way for ART Station renovation to begin

  Earlier this year, the City of Asheville announced a two-phase ART Transit Station improvement project. The first phase, completed in the first half of the year, replaced the stormwater drainage system in the bus travel lanes and sidewalk. The next phase, renovation of the ART Station itself, is about to begin!   At their July 23 meeting, [...]