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The future of transportation: Asheville in Motion design charrette presents ideas for the city’s future
For a city’s multimodal transportation system to be a success, moving from point A to point B should not only be safe and efficient, but there should be options for those who aren’t traveling via automobile.
ART Sunday bus service gets rolling with nine routes
Asheville’s ART transit system now has Sunday service. Buses rolled out of the Coxe Ave. downtown station at 8 a.m. today, providing 67 hours of Sunday service on nine of the city’s 17 routes. The Sunday route is expected to increase ridership by 85,000 per year. The 2012 transit master plan initiative was the genesis of the Asheville […]
A few weeks riding the bus
On Jan. 1, just to be dramatic about it, my car died. Since then I’ve relied on Asheville’s transit system.
The sidewalks of Emma get a brand new “walking” bus
The children of the Emma Community have a new way of getting to school. A “walking school bus” puts the neighborhood’s new sidewalks to use and gives students a safer way to walk to school.
The art of the wheel
Amid tough budgets, significant safety issues and rising fuel costs, Asheville Transit is rolling into summer with a major tuneup. The system is poised to announce new routes, schedules and other changes designed to improve performance, convenience and safety. In tandem, the city will launch a marketing campaign aimed at touting the transition and luring new riders, starting with a name change from ATS to ART (Asheville Redefines Transit).
City looks for new company to manage Asheville Transit System
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).
Pick your favorite art for a bus
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 on a bus? Yes, and more
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.
Asheville group seeks help launching “Where’s my bus?” GPS-tracking system
The perennial bus-rider’s question, “Where’s my bus?” might finally yield an easy answer if the Asheville Transit Commission gives the go-ahead to a group of citizens proposing a real-time GPS bus-tracking system that can be accessed via Internet-connected computers and smart-phones.
Asheville City Council approves Transit Master Plan (Citizen-reported via Twitter)
Asheville City Council votes 6-1 to accept Transit Master Plan, tweets Xpress reporter Brian Postelle. Council will hear implementation options at its January retreat. “OK, TMP fans,” tweets an ebullient @ashevillebus, “It’s time to start lobbying council to find the money to fund the plan.” Council also voted to postpone for one week the cancellation of the Asheville-Weaverville route.
Shuler nails down federal funds for hybrid buses
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 […]
Shuler nails down federal money for hybrid buses
Amid the din of arriving and departing buses at Asheville’s Transit Center on Coxe Avenue, Rep. Heath Shuler announced today that he had secured $238,000 in federal funding for the city’s planned transition to hybrid buses.
Abuzz about buses
Sure, the consultants from HDR Engineering, the company helping draft Asheville’s new Transit Master Plan, are experts. That’s why the Raleigh-based firm is on the job. But get a roomful of regular bus riders together, as the city did on April 2, and you find out quick who the real experts are. A hundred or […]
See proposed changes for the bus system
As part of the transit master plan process, Asheville’s transit department is circulating preliminary proposals for changes to city bus routes.
Asheville City Council
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 […]
Edgy Mama: Bus-riding mama
A few months ago, Paul van Heden, marketing coordinator for Asheville’s transportation department, asked if I’d ride the bus for a day—an entire day—with my kids, to prove that a typical mom can accomplish her daily errands on Asheville’s public transit system. I enthusiastically accepted Paul’s challenge. Then I failed.