On Jan. 1, just to be dramatic about it, my car died. Since then I’ve relied on Asheville’s transit system.
A series of public ‘drop-in’ meetings is underway – today was West Asheville – and will continue over the next two weeks as Asheville rolls out the biggest change to its transit system in years.
Philippes Dargan speaks with Mariate Echeverry of Asheville Transit about changes to routes and schedules. Mr. Dargan has used transit in Asheville “for years.” (photo by Bill Rhodes)
The city of Asheville plans to solicit proposals from new companies to manage its transit system. Starting in June, the Asheville Transit System will implement changes designed to improve its routing and on-time performance. The city will also mount a marketing campaign to increase ridership, changing the name of the system from ATS to ART (Asheville Redefines Transit).
At its April 27 meeting, Asheville City Council:
• delayed a decision whether to cut its event-sponsorship support;
• transferred $2.4 million from health-insurance reserves to cover operating shortfalls;
• approved a plan to improve the city bus system, launch a new Transit logo and market the bus service
• waived fees for arts events in Pritchard Park, and
• passed a city-wide smoking ban on public property.
The city’s bus service contract is up for renegotiation this year, including a provision for eight holiday days off that’s come under some criticism. The Asheville Transit Service also faces up to $600,000 in potential cuts.
The artwork that will grace the sides of three Asheville city buses has already been chosen, but Mountain Xpress is appealing the public art project to the court of public opinion. Tell us — what art would you have chosen?
Bunnies in a boat. A multi-colored forest. Big orange carrots. No, these aren’t hallucinations — they’re real manifestations of artists’ work, coming to an Asheville city bus near you.
The Asheville Transit System permanently ended bus service along part of Michigan Avenue in West Asheville on April 15, due to unspecified “safety concerns.” The buses will now use nearby Hanover Street to service residents of the Pisgah View Apartments housing project.
Amid the din of arriving and departing buses at downtown Asheville’s Coxe Avenue Transit Center, Rep. Heath Shuler announced April 9 that he’s secured $238,000 in federal funding to help pay for the city’s planned transition to hybrid buses. Shuler on board: Mayor Terry Bellamy (at podium) introduces Rep. Heath Shuler (at right), announcing that […]
Change is afoot as the Asheville Transit System moves closer to completing a Transit Master Plan. On Thursday, April 2, consultants from HDR Engineering will present recommendations based on the public input gathered since January concerning potential transit improvements. On the dock: more frequent service on Patton Avenue, Haywood Road and Tunnel Road and a […]
The City of Asheville is looking for your ideas for the city’s transit system.
Buses may get bigger ads City to partner with Chamber on tourist signs Sometimes you have to be content to go to Raleigh with the resolution you have, not the one you want. That’s what happened on Aug. 10, when Leicester residents came before the Asheville City Council for the third time, seeking its endorsement […]