Temporary ART bus schedule reductions announced

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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, ART bus system will need to make adjustments to schedules and routes.


Starting on Saturday, April 4, the following service reductions will begin:


  • Route 170 will be discontinued.  
  • Route S6 will be discontinued.
  • Route WE1 will only provide service once per hour, leaving the station at 40 minutes past the hour. 


Please, if you are not traveling for work related to an essential business, or for an urgent personal need, such as to go to the grocery store, do not use the bus system. We need to keep our limited capacity available for people who must travel. 


We highly encourage passengers to wear face masks or face coverings to protect themselves, other passengers, and bus operators. 


Assessment of the transit system capacity will happen on a day-to-day basis, and be updated as the situation evolves. The City of Asheville and ART are continuing to follow the guidance of local public health officials and the CDC, including following social distancing and cleaning guidelines.


To keep up with any changes to ART services, riders can get the most up-to-date information here:


  • Download the Transit app to any smartphone.
  • Check real-time transit information on Google Maps.
  • Dial 828-253-5691 and press #1.
  • Subscribe to iRide Service Alert e-mails here.
  • Go to RideTheART.com under “Service Alerts.”
  • Follow the City of Asheville on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.



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