City of Asheville offices on 2-hour delay

Asheville City government buildings will open at 10:30 a.m. today, Dec. 13. ART buses are operating on a normal schedule. The National Weather Service has the Asheville area under a Winter Weather Advisory for potential icy conditions through noon. All public safety services, water resources and storm response services and support will operate a [...]

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, [...]

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City of Asheville hires new Transit Planning Manager as implementation of Transit Master Plan begins 

    The City of Asheville is pleased to announce a new Transit Planning Manager is now on board. The Transit Planning Manager is positioned to guide ART bus improvements, including implementation of the new Transit Master Plan. Eunice Lovi comes to the City of Asheville with more than a decade of transit [...]

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Asheville to deploy electric buses on ART routes June 1

  Asheville’s five all-new electric buses roll out onto routes this week! After thorough testing and training, the City received delivery of the final two buses in May. Starting June 1, ART transit will incorporate the buses into these three routes:        S3, which runs a round trip from the [...]

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Asheville City offices to close for Memorial Day

  ART buses to run on holiday schedule   Asheville City government offices will be closed Monday, May 27, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. Though City offices will be closed, Sanitation services will run on schedule. Trash and recycling will be collected as normal on May 27. The Sanitation Division will not collect brush on Memorial Day.   ART [...]

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Attention bus riders! ART Transit Station construction to begin Monday

  The first phase of ART Transit Station improvements are about to begin! On Monday, April 15, local contactor NHM Constructors will bring their crew in to mobilize for the stormwater drainage improvement project to the bus travel lanes and sidewalk.   The construction crew will begin on the north side of the bus travel lanes. While we had [...]