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Asheville Regional Airport Announces United Airlines Service to Chicago

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

FLETCHER, NC, – The Asheville Regional Airport Authority is pleased to announce that United Airlines is beginning daily non-stop service to Chicago, IL. Flights from Asheville Regional (AVL) to O’Hare International Airport (ORD) start December 17, 2009, on 50-seat CRJ200 regional jet aircraft operated by SkyWest Airlines.

“This new non-stop flight to the ‘ Windy City’ is great news for Western North Carolina,” said Lew Bleiweis, A.A.E., Airport Director. “Asheville Regional Airport is proud to provide a link to business and industry in the Midwest as well as welcome tourism from the third largest city in the U.S. via this new service.”

Travelers can book flights now at www.united.com and www.flyavl.com. Asheville Regional Airport is also served by AirTran, Continental, Delta, and US Airways.

City of Asheville Calls for Public Comment on Public Transit Master Plan

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – The City of Asheville is seeking public input through Sept. 29 on its draft transit master plan.

The proposed master plan includes a new route structure, Sunday service for six routes and thirty minute trip frequency along main corridors like Tunnel Road, Haywood Road, Merrimon Avenue, Patton Avenue and Biltmore Avenue. The plan also includes two new routes. A north Asheville loop would connect Charlotte Street and Montford Avenue via UNC Asheville, and a crosstown route would connect west Asheville to Biltmore Village and areas in east Asheville.

“Our goal for the proposed route structure is to provide more options and improved service for riders,” said Transit Manager Mariate Echeverry. “We are asking the public to comment on these recommendations to get additional input before the overall plan is complete.”

The master plan can be found at www.ashevilletransit.com. The document will also be available on the mezzanine level of City Hall; at the Pack Place, East, North, West, Oakley and Skyland public library branches; at the Asheville Transit Center on Coxe Avenue, and; at the city’s transportation planning division offices at 45 Wall St.

Comments can be submitted to the city in writing to City of Asheville, ATTN: Transit Master Plan, P.O. Box 7148, Asheville, NC 28802 or via e-mail [email protected]

The city of Asheville currently operates 21 buses. According to research completed for the master plan, ridership trends in the last five years have increased by about 10 percent. The majority of riders, about 68 percent, are dependent on bus service as their only form of transportation, while about 27 percent prefer or choose to ride transit.

Asheville Transit Re-routing Due to Pack Square Construction

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – Asheville Transit will detour routes 5, 13, 26 and 28 Thursday, July 16, 5:30-11:30 a.m., due to road closures around South Pack Square from Biltmore Ave./ US-25 to Market Street.

Asheville Transit will change its routing for these five hours or until South Pack Square is re-opened to traffic. Routes 5, 13, 26 and 28 outbound will use Patton Avenue, then north on Broadway, east on Woodfin Street, and then will return to the standard route at the traffic circle at Oak and College Streets. In bound, the same route will be used; from the traffic circle on College Street turning onto Oak Street/Woodfin Street, south on Broadway and west to the Transit Center via College Street to Patton Avenue.

This will affect the following routes for the follow times:

– Route 5 – Charlotte Street – Starting with the 6:30 a.m. trip until and including the 11:30 a.m. trip will use the detoured route.

– Route 13 – Tunnel Rd./Oteen/Haw Creek- Starting with the 6:30 a.m. trip until and including the 11:30 a.m. trip will use the detoured route.

– Route 26 – Asheville Mall/Tunnel Rd. – Starting with the 6:15 a.m. trip until and including the 11:15 a.m. trip will use the detoured route.

– Route 28 – Black Mountain – The entire portion of the 5:35 a.m. and 10 a.m. trip will use the detour route.

I-240 Lanes Closures May Delay Traffic in Asheville Today

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – Motorists on Interstate 240 may see some traffic slow-downs today as state construction crews undertake bridge repair work.

According to the N.C. Department of Transportation, one of two lanes will be closed in each direction at various times between Exit 1 (Brevard Road) and Exit 3 (U.S. 19-23). Work was scheduled between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

One lane will be open to traffic at all times in both directions, according to DOT.

Lanes to Close on I-240 Today in Asheville

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

Motorists in Asheville may see traffic slow-downs today on Interstate 240 as state construction crews make road repairs.

Lanes will be closed eastbound and westbound at different times to allow for pothole repair, according to the N.C. Department of Transportation.

One of two lanes is closed westbound between Mile Markers 5-7 between 9 a.m-1 p.m., according to DOT.

One of two lanes will be closed eastbound between 1-3:30 p.m. between Mile Markers 5-7.

Liberty Bikes to Host Second Annual "Bike Love Event" at Wedge Gallery

Monday, February 9th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – Asheville on Bikes (AoB), an advocacy group focused on advancing Asheville’s urban bicycle culture, is hosting its Second Annual Bike Love event to be held at the Wedge Gallery on Saturday, February 23. The event will feature local bands and local beer and will highlight Asheville on Bikes’ community initiatives, including its support for the Bicycle Network Map project. Bike Love is co-sponsored by Arts2People and the French Broad Brewery.

Performing at this year’s event is Count Clovis (featuring Toubab Krewe’s Justin Perkins and Drew Heller), Pierce Edens and the Dirty Work, and Red Dirt Floor (featuring Marty Gallagher of ProBikes). Doors open at 8:00pm. Admission is $12.

This year, Bike Love falls just before Asheville City Council considers the proposed Bicycle Network Map, the long-range plan for Asheville’s bicycle network created by the the City’s Transportation and Engineering Department with the support of members of Asheville’s bicycling community, on February 26. Asheville on Bikes intends to use the celebration to increase awareness about the advantages of improving and expanding Asheville’s bicycle transportation infrastructure and garner support for the Bicycle Network Map project.