City of Asheville offices to close for Juneteenth Observance – Monday, June 20, 2022

On June 20, 2022  Asheville City offices will be closed in observance of Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day. Juneteenth, officially observed each year on June 19,  marks the day in 1865 when enslaved African-Americans in Galveston, Texas, were told they were free, marking the end of slavery in the United States. Congress [...]

City of Asheville offices close for Memorial Day holiday; Sanitation and ART buses run on holiday schedule

The City of Asheville offices will be closed in observance of Memorial Day, May 30, a federally designated holiday that honors military personnel who have died in the performance of their military duties while serving in the United States Armed Forces.     Here is a roundup of other City services affected by this holiday, as well as [...]

Update on the City of Asheville’s recommendation for the NCDOT’s planned Merrimon Avenue resurfacing project.

  The Asheville City Council will consider entering into an agreement with North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) that supports the Department’s vision for the future of sections of Merrimon Avenue.  The multi-modal alternative was developed through a collaborative partnership between the City of Asheville and NCDOT, and began with a request from the City to study [...]

City of Asheville announces Route WE1 service alert starting April 13, 2022

Due to continued driver shortages, the WE1 route will only run once per hour between the ART Station and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center on Tunnel Rd. (Eastbound and Westbound) beginning Wednesday, April 13, 2022.  All trips scheduled 40 minutes after the hour from the downtown ART Station Eastbound towards the VA are canceled until further [...]

Charlotte Street “Road Diet” analysis shows continued improvements

Summary The Charlotte Street Road Diet continues to show signs of success since its implementation in 2019.  The second year of “Post-Implementation” analysis reveals that the project has reduced traffic speeds, increased bike use, and reduced the number of automobile collisions on Charlotte Street with no indication of increased cut-through traffic on the side streets.  Background In 2019, [...]

City of Asheville seeks input on proposed bike lanes for College Street and Patton Avenue

  The City of Asheville is working with local non-profit partners Asheville on Bikes and Connect Buncombe to finalize a design for buffered bike lanes on College Street and Patton Avenue in the core of Downtown. These new bike facilities will connect to other existing bike lanes on College Street and Lexington Avenue and future bike [...]

City of Asheville Sanitation collection resumes tomorrow, City offices and Community Centers to open at 10 a.m.

As road conditions begin to improve City of Asheville Public Works staff continue to plow and salt roads through the night on Tuesday. Snow efforts continue on secondary roads (priority 2 streets) and sidewalks.   Here are some updates to City services that were impacted by the weather event: City Sanitation collections begin for the week on Wednesday, [...]

Asheville City Council approves purchase of new ART buses with combination of federal, local funding

  Three new buses will be added to the Asheville Rides Transit (ART) fleet, under action taken by Asheville City Council. At their December 14 meeting, Council approved a resolution to purchase three 30-foot Gillig diesel buses to replace buses in the fleet as they near their useful service life. During the last five years, the City [...]

City of Asheville to resume charging at its parking garages with installation of new equipment

  The City of Asheville’s Parking Services Division is excited to announce the launch of new parking equipment in each of our four parking garages. Parking in the garages has been free while old equipment has been removed, and replaced with new.   The tentative launch dates for the new equipment are as follows for each parking garage: November [...]

Asheville Rides Transit announces schedules improvements

Asheville Rides Transit (ART) is making some minor schedule changes, aimed to improve reliability for riders by reducing early and late trips. Starting Oct. 31, eight routes will have schedule changes. The table below shows which routes will have changes, with links to the updated schedule included:   October 31, 2021 Schedule Improvements ROUTE SCHEDULE LINK CHANGES? N1 Map Yes N2

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

  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 [...]

Residents invited to virtual meetings on Asheville greenway and pedestrian master plans this week; survey to open too

    The City of Asheville’s Transportation Department is working on updates to the Greenway and Pedestrian Master Plans plus creating an ADA Plan for Public Rights of Way (i.e. streets and sidewalks).  The planning process is at an intermediate point in the process.  The initial assessments and public input is complete and a draft plan is [...]