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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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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 [...]

ART transit suspends bus service during winter storm

    With a Winter Storm upon us, bringing multiple inches of snow to Asheville Saturday through Monday, ART bus will suspended transit service at 2 p.m. Saturday. Service remains suspended on Sunday.   This will give the buses time to come out of service before major road safety hazards occur.   “Our goal is always to keep our buses running [...]

Newly adopted Asheville Transit Master Plan to result in more and better ART bus service

    Last fall, the City of Asheville Transportation Department began working with the public to develop a new Transit Master Plan for the ART bus system. The Transit Master Plan serves as a guide on topics such as how and where ART will provide transit service. Further, it is designed to ensure safe, convenient and accessible [...]

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ART buses on-time arrivals on the rise under new management

  Less than five months into the City of Asheville’s new Transit Operations and Maintenance Contract with RATP Dev (formerly McDonald Transit), on-time performance of ART bus service has noticeably improved. In October 2017, the City moved to a new management model with RATP Dev to improve system reliability and on-time performance (OTP).   On-time performance refers to the [...]

Asheville’s ART bus service expands Sunday service, evening hours

  In 2018, many of our ART buses will run later into the evening. And Sunday/holiday service will extend to all routes. On Jan. 1, eight Asheville Redefines Transit (ART) bus routes will add hours to their routes, thanks to additional funding approved by Asheville City Council (see schedule below). How did City staff determine the best way [...]