Access new bus routes through Google Maps

From the City of Asheville’s transportation department:

ASHEVILLE – On May 21, when the City of Asheville’s public transportation system transforms into Asheville Redefines Transit, riders will be able to access digital route information including maps, times and fares, through Google Maps.

The transit feature of Google Maps allows riders to enter their starting point and destination, then displays the best route, including any required transfers, where and when to catch the bus, and even the distance to the closest stop. Google Maps also supports over 40 languages, is compatible with screen readers for the visually impaired, and compares the cost of bus fares to the amount of money it would cost to drive the same distance.

“This is pretty detailed information,” said Yuri Koslen, Transit Projects Coordinator for the City of Asheville. “Riders will have a comprehensive picture of the service ART provides and how they can best utilize it.”

Users can plan a trip at http://ridetheart.com or by visiting http://maps.google.com on their desktop or mobile phone’s browser. Google Maps is offered free to users and comes at no operational costs for the City of Asheville.

The ART system debuts Monday, May 21 and is the implementation of the first phase of the City of Asheville’s Transit Master Plan. The service will feature streamlined bus schedules and increased frequency on main routes. Upcoming transit routes can currently be viewed online, but service changes do not go into effect until the May 21 rollout.

For more information about Asheville Transit, contact 253-5691, e-mail iride@ashevillenc.gov or visit www.ashevillenc.gov/transit.

This release can be found at www.ashevillenc.gov.


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