Good news for ART bus riders!
Sunday and holiday service will come to all routes in 2018, and the City of Asheville will add eight additional hours of evening service hours Monday-Saturday, along multiple routes.
In the 2017-18 budget adopted by Asheville City Council, funding was allocated for expanded ART bus service that will begin in January 2018. The city also received federal grant funding for one additional daily trip on Route 170, which connects Asheville and Black Mountain.
The city is asking transit system users to help choose which routes should benefit from the additional evening hours of service, and has arranged for several way for riders to share feedback.
Surveys & Meetings
ART riders can take a survey, available in English and Spanish, on Open City Hall Asheville. Log on and vote for the routes you would like to see offering expanded evening hours. Surveys will also be circulated on ART buses.
The public can learn about the expansion opportunities and provide their feedback at a drop-in meeting to be held from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, October 7, 2017 at the Edington Center, 133 Livingston St. (a first meeting was held Sept. 11)
Survey and public input feedback will be presented at the ART bus station on Tuesday, October 17, 2017. That same information will be presented to the city’s Transit Committee and Multimodal Transportation Commission in October.
Changes and additions to the schedule will be announced in November and implemented in January 2018.
The City of Asheville encourages everyone to try using the transit service. Asheville Redefines Transit (ART) operates 18 bus routes throughout the city. The fleet operates seven hybrid buses, and all vehicles in the fleet are fueled by biodiesel.
Routes originate from the ART Station, 49 Coxe Avenue in downtown Asheville (next to the U.S. Post Office). The ART Station provides restrooms, indoor and outdoor seating, and an on-duty information assistant until 9:30 p.m. At the ART Station, you can get route maps and schedules and buy a monthly or annual pass.
Asheville City Council made expansion of Transit service hours a priority in the City’s budgeting process for the 2017-18 fiscal year by including $630,000 in transit system improvements. Council’s Vision 2036 identifies transportation and accessibility as a key value, with a goal of having “Public transportation (that) is widespread, frequent, and reliable.”
For bus routes and a map, please visit ashevllenc.gov/findbusroutes. For more information about the route expansion initiative, contact Transit Planning Manager Elias Mathes at EMathes@ashevillenc.gov or (828) 232-4522.