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Following governor’s order, ART bus riders to be required to wear masks, max capacity reduced to 10

  In accordance with Governor Cooper’s latest Executive Order 180, City of Asheville Transit will begin enforcing face covering requirements for riders and will reduce the maximum passenger capacity per bus to 9 people plus the driver beginning at 5 p.m.  Nov. 25.   On Nov. 23, Governor Cooper issued PostAsheville Redefines TransitFeaturedNewsTransit

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City offices to close for Thanksgiving holiday; Asheville Sanitation collection, ART bus service alter schedules

    City of Asheville offices will be closed Nov. 26-27 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The following City services will be affected as well.   ART bus service ART service will not run on Thanksgiving Day. For more information, including routes and schedules, please visit the ART Transit station at 49 Coxe Ave., download the

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City of Asheville invites the community to a virtual ribbon cutting and tour of renovated ART Transit Center

  Renovations to the Transit Center on Coxe Avenue are nearly complete and the City of Asheville invites the community to a virtual ribbon cutting and tour of the improved facilities.   The virtual event will debut a video tour of the Transit Center at noon Nov. 17. The video tour will also be [...]

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Artist chosen for public art installation at renovated ART Transit Center

  Renovations at the ART Transit Center will be enhanced with the installation of public art in the waiting room and ticket area. A team representing City staff, ART Operations staff, Better Buses Together and the Public Art and Cultural Commission have chosen Asheville-based artist Wyatt Grant to design murals for the [...]

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More bus shelters, lighting and other enhancements coming to ART bus system, helped by federal grant

  The City of Asheville will provide about 45 more bus shelters and enhance lighting and other aspects to 70 more under a $1 million Federal Transit Administration grant City Transportation staff applied for and won. During their Oct. 13 meeting, Asheville City Council voted to approve a $1.25 million budget amendment,  which includes matching funds from [...]

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Asheville Sanitation, ART bus schedules altered for Labor Day holiday

  City of Asheville government will be closed Sept. 7 for Labor Day. City facilities remain closed to the public at this time, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, though some parks have reopened.   During this public health emergency, City employees have continued their work, some in the field, such as in sanitation, water, transit, fire and police, [...]

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City of Asheville remains committed to providing safe bus service during COVID-19

  As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Asheville implemented a physical distancing strategy to ensure the safety and health of Asheville Rides Transit (ART) riders and staff.  The physical distancing policy allows only 10 people to ride at one time, including nine (9) passengers and the driver, making it 10 for each [...]

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ART bus COVID-19 service reminders

  On July 14, Governor Roy Cooper announced that North Carolina would remain in Phase II of re-opening until August 7. COVID-19 continues to impact Asheville Rides Transit service. Buses continue to have a 9-passenger limit, and Young Transportation is assisting with overload routes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.   Our procedure for full buses: ·         When buses reach the 9-passenger [...]

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City of Asheville announces Fourth of July holiday schedule

    In observance of the Fourth of July holiday, which is on a Saturday this year, City of Asheville offices will be closed July 3. ART bus service will operate on a reduced holiday schedule July 4. The Fourth of July holiday is one of six holidays throughout the calendar year that ART offers bus service. For [...]

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Solar panels to be installed on renovated ART Transit Station

  Beginning the week of June 1, the last phase of the ART Transit Station renovations will include the installation of the City’s first photovoltaic array, commonly referred to as solar panels. In all, 180 solar panels will be installed on the south-facing side of the passenger canopy to create a system designed to produce over [...]

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Temporary ART bus schedule reductions announced

  The health and safety of our community is the City of Asheville’s highest priority. The ART Transit system continues to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic so we can offer transportation to first responders, health-care workers, other essential workers, and our community for urgent needs.   The ART transit staffing levels are lower than usual and, as such, [...]

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Asheville Rides Transit implements 10-person maximum per bus 

  Important changes: 10-person maximum per bus to go into effect March 25. More buses added to busiest routes to accommodate this need. Route 170 will not run 7:30 a.m. or 9:30 a.m. trips (these buses will be reassigned to peak-hour busiest routes.   In order to follow the guidelines in Asheville’s State of Emergency proclamation limiting [...]

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Asheville installs social distancing measures on ART buses during COVID-19 public health emergency

  City also suspends on-street parking enforcement, opens garages for free   During this COVID-19 public health emergency, the City of Asheville is working to increase the safety and security of our community, which is always a top priority.  One of those ways is through encouraging social distancing.    Toward that end, the City’s ART bus service is putting a system [...]

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ART bus service to resume at 8 a.m., City government offices to open at 10 a.m.

  Asheville City government offices and facilities will open on a delayed schedule, at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21, due to the potential for black ice on our roads.  ART bus service will resume at 8 a.m. Friday. Asheville Parks & Recreation Fun Day Out programs will open at 10 a.m. Friday at Stephens Lee, Vance and Montford [...]

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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 route maps and schedules. [...]

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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 — [...]