The Asheville Transit System won’t run this coming Monday, April 5, as Easter Monday is “one of 8 days throughout the calendar year that Asheville Transit does not operate,” according to an announcement from the city.
The other seven holidays the bus system doesn’t run on are New Year’s Day, Christmas, Thanksgiving, Labor Day, July 4, Memorial Day and Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Of course, the bus system doesn’t run on any Sunday either.
If comments on the city’s Facebook post announcing the closure are any indication, the holiday break hasn’t been well-received.
“We all know no one needs to get anywhere on the holidays,” Jill Boniske writes.
“It’s things like this that impair our ability to position Asheville as a modern city of choice that can attract businesses and jobs,” Jake Quinn comments. “The next time the contract is up for negotiation, the ‘eight days provision’ must be changed.”
Transit systems throughout the state vary widely in the number of holidays they take off. Greenville, for example, doesn’t run the buses on five holidays, while Greensboro only takes Christmas, Thanksgiving and New Year’s off (running reduced hours on some other holidays). However, Jacksonville’s transit system has more holidays off than Asheville’s, and Wilmington’s takes the same eight days.
— David Forbes, staff writer