Transit marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month

ASHEVILLE – Asheville Transit drivers proudly wore pink on Oct. 21 – either a shirt, a pin or a ribbon – to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time to reflect on a disease that affects about 1 in 8 women in the United States over the course of a lifetime. Doors to the buses featured [...]

Development Services builds on positive customer feedback

ASHEVILLE – The Development Services Center is continuing its emphasis on providing excellent customer service by seeking regular feedback from the people it serves. Staff recently issued an online customer service survey to gauge their performance. The goal is to keep doing what customers say is working and to improve in areas that customers felt were [...]

Asheville partners with Buncombe County on Emma community sidewalk project

ASHEVILLE – Residents living near Emma Road in West Asheville have said for years that the road is a danger to pedestrians. This danger was made starkly clear in a hit-and-run accident in February, when pedestrian Richard Leroy McCoy, Jr., was left in a ditch for eight hours with serious head injuries before being found. To [...]

Testing phase begins for Smartphone parking app

ASHEVILLE – Starting today, iPhone and Android users can begin using a free app that will assist in locating available parking downtown. “Parker” shows real-time parking availability and is being tested in 50 downtown spaces now through September. Parker’s sensors communicate wirelessly, signaling to Smartphone users whether spots are occupied or vacant. The app will also collect [...]

Asia trip spotlights sustainable transit practices

  Thanks to an invite by the Transportation Research Board and funding from the Federal Transit Administration, the City of Asheville was one of a handful of cities represented in a recent trip to India and China to study principles of sustainable public transportation and environmentally friendly mobility in those countries. Transportation Planning Manager Mariate Echeverry [...]

Hybrid buses hit the streets in Asheville

Bus riders and non-riders alike have undoubtably noticed a handful of new City of Asheville buses making the rounds in the past few weeks. After all, with their bright blue and green color scheme, the additions to the city’s transit fleet are hard to miss. But it is the environmentally friendly technology the buses use [...]

Public weighs in on River District’s transportation future

A presentation at Asheville-Buncombe Technical College on Saturday Jan. 22 offered a glimpse at what could be the future of transportation in Asheville’s River Arts District, and attendees had the chance to give their input into how they envision changes in the corridor. The presentation was the first in a series of public input opportunities and [...]

Pedestrian bridge community update meeting and walk Saturday Jan. 8 ***UPDATED: This meeting has been postponed***

***UPDATE*** Jan. 8 meeting POSTPONED: Due to the winter weather forecast for the Asheville area over the next 24 hours and in the interest of safety, the pedestrian bridge community update meeting scheduled for tomorrow, Jan. 8 from 1-3 p.m. has been postponed. Information on the make-up date will be released once a new date is confirmed. The [...]

City of Asheville unveils new sidewalk addition in East Asheville

On Thursday, December 9, City of Asheville elected officials and employees joined community members from East Asheville to officially open a new stretch of sidewalk at the intersection of Tunnel Road and Beverly Road. The project was at the top of a list of priorities that came out of an April community meeting with area [...]

Pedestrian bridge reopened ahead of schedule

From a City of Asheville press release: ASHEVILLE – Responding to requests by community members and Asheville City Council, the North Carolina Department of Transportation on Thursday reopened a pedestrian bridge that spans I-240 near the Smoky Park Bridge and Hillcrest Apartments.  Asheville City Council voted in August to request the reopening. Though initially planned for mid-January, [...]

City of Asheville issues warnings ahead of parking meter enforcement, makes pre-paid passes available

Beginning Nov. 19, the City of Asheville will begin enforcing a change in parking meter policy that says customers displaying handicapped parking placards or license tags will be required to pay parking meters. Leading up to that change, the city’s Parking Services began issuing warning tickets on Friday and distributing educational leaflets to cars displaying handicapped [...]

City of Asheville’s technology roll out increases efficiency across departments

In an organization of more than 1,000 people, speedy and accurate information flow means not only increased efficiency but also real dollars. That’s an underlying theme that emerges when City of Asheville employees talk about the recently launched technology upgrade that provides not only swifter access to data but also easier communication between city departments [...]

City of Asheville secures FTA grant for pedestrian crossing signals in key transit areas

  The City of Asheville has secured grant funding that will allow for the installation of crossing signals at four high-traffic intersections that connect pedestrian commuters with transit and business centers. The Federal Transit Administration grant, secured through the French Broad River Metropolitan Planning Organization, will fund the majority of the cost for pedestrian signals at [...]

Advisory Committee tour part of community process for river district redesign

On October 29, an advisory committee made up of members from a diverse selection of stakeholder organizations got a first hand look at the challenges and opportunities in creating a riverway redevelopment plan in the City of Asheville’s River District. For three hours, the Advisory Committee for the Wilma Dykeman Riverway River Arts District Section visited [...]

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