With the bus travel lane stormwater project completed earlier this year, the second phase of improvements is set to begin at the ART Bus Station, 49 Coxe Ave. in downtown Asheville.
A complete renovation of the interior of the station lobby and ticketing area comprises the first phase of the project, which will be undertaken during warm weather to minimize impact to bus riders. Construction is expected to begin this month, and bus service will be maintained throughout the duration of the work.
Fencing has been erected in the Talbert parking lot adjacent to the station for the staging of construction materials and as a place where mobile units will be installed during construction. There will be two mobile units—one to serve as a ticketing/waiting area, the other an ADA-compliant facility containing men’s and women’s restrooms.
The station lobby’s retrofit will include WiFi access, new seating, flooring, lighting, and renovated restrooms that will have baby changing tables in both men’s and women’s facilities. The lobby renovation is estimated to take around 60 days.
In the second phase, the platform will be renovated, including pressure washing, installing additional benches, more lighting, and painting. Again, bus service will be maintained, though loading and unloading of some routes will occur on Asheland while work is being completed on the platform. There will be designated walkways around this construction.
The final phase of the ART Station renovation will be the installation of ADA ramps on sidewalks around the station and platform.
Altogether, this phase of the project is expected to last through late winter 2020, and possibly into early spring. An “ambassador” at the station will help guide riders during this construction. iRide and ART text alert subscribers will receive notifications about the construction impacts as they occur.
Funds for this Capital Improvements Project were allocated in the Adopted Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Budget and are separate from the Transit Master Plan Year-1 Implementation Budget. At its July 23, 2019, meeting, City Council authorized a budget amendment of $1.08 million to fund the second phase of the ART Transit Facility Renovation Project. Funding includes $214,000 from the Federal Transportation Administration and the rest comes from the City’s assigned fund balance.
Find more information on the city of Asheville website, www.ashevillenc.gov/department/transit/projects/transit-center-renovations.