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The ART Launches Sunday Bus Service

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – In a move to increase accessibility to public transportation and support the City of Asheville‘s multimodal transportation goals, the ART, Asheville’s transit service, launched Sunday bus service on January 4, 2015.

The expansion is the largest since the City launched the Transit Master Plan in 2012 and is expected to increase ridership by about 85,000 each year.

“Sunday service is consistently among the most requested service enhancements we hear from the community,” said Transportation Manager Mariate Echeverry. “Seven day service is the logical next step in implementing the transit plan for Asheville.”

In October, Asheville City Council approved $112,131 in matching funds to secure an equal amount of federal Job Access and Reverse Commute grant funding to expand transportation options so that commuters can get to and search for jobs on Sundays.

As buses rolled on the morning of January 4, Council members, city staff and members of the city’s Multimodal Transportation Commission and Transit sub-committee celebrated the launch with a ceremony at the Coxe Avenue ART Station.

“Whether people need to get to jobs or run errands, seven day access to transit is good for everyone,” said Council Member and Multimodal Transportation Commission liaison Gwen Wisler. “It is the kind of improvement that makes Asheville a healthier city.”

Sunday routes are posted on the City’s website at ridetheart.com. In all, buses will provide 67 hours of service on Sundays on nine routes. These routes, plus a new addition, were the top performing routes in 2014. In the past year, the ART enjoyed a ridership of approximately 120,000 riders per month.

Expanded bus service supports Asheville City Council’s strategic goals for sustainability and affordability as well as the City of Asheville’s goals of constant improvement and excellent service.

ART Holiday Service Expands in 2013

Friday, December 28th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Beginning Jan. 1, 2013, ART will expand to provide partial transit services on the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day.

Expanded service on six holidays of the year is made possible with a budget approved by Asheville City Council. A public meeting to gather input on these changes was held on Nov. 1, 2012.  In addition, the public was encouraged to participate in a survey that was available at the ART Station and online.  That feedback, along with past ridership data, provided information used in implementing extended service on major corridors to the most popular routes.

Additionally, beginning January 2, 2013, ART will permanently increase its regular service to route E1, departing twice an hour between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.  E1 will continue to depart once an hour between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. as well as between 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.

The expanded service is the latest step in the implementation of the City of Asheville’s Transit Master Plan. Please visit the ART Station on Coxe Ave or go to www.ridetheart.com to obtain an updated route schedule.  ART will operate holiday service beginning Jan. 1, 2013 on the following routes:

·      C – Louisiana – Haywood – State St. – Biltmore Village- Fairview Rd. – Swannanoa River Rd – Wood. Departs 9:00 a.m. – 5:45 p.m., operating on the same schedule as currently provided.

·      N1 – Merrimon – UNCA – Lakeshore.  Departs 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., operating on the same schedule as currently provided.

·      N3 – Chamber – Hillcrest. Departs 9:40 a.m. – 6:40 p.m. Route will have a different departure time, leaving at  :40 past the hour.

·      S3 – Asheland – McDowell- Biltmore Village- Hendersonville Rd – Airport. Departs 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., operating on the same schedule as currently provided.

·      S4 – S. French Broad – Depot – Livingston Heights- AB Tech. Departs 9:35 a.m. – 6:35 p.m., operating on the same schedule as currently provided.

·      E1 – Tunnel – Asheville Mall – Swannanoa River Rd.   Departs 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., providing service as far as Wal-mart/Kohl’s, E1 will not serve the VA Hospital.

·      E2 –Asheville Mall – Haw Creek – Tunnel Rd.  Departs 9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., operating on the same schedule as currently provided.

·      W1 – Hilliard – Clingman – Haywood – PVA – Deaverview Area.  Departs  9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., operating on the same schedule as currently provided.

·      W3 – Patton – Goodwill.  Departs 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., operating on the same schedule as currently provided.

For ART schedule information call (828)253-5691, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.ridetheart.com.

Open Houses to Share Upcoming Changes to Transit System

Friday, April 20th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Beginning Monday, May 21, the city’s bus system, currently operating as Asheville Transit, will begin operating as ART (Asheville Redefines Transit).  In addition to introducing a new look, new routes and new rides, the launch will celebrate the first phase of transit master plan implementation.  The new ART transit network will demonstrate the City of Asheville’s commitment to multi-modal transportation, affordability and sustainability.

In advance of the May 21 launch, the City of Asheville will host six informational drop-in sessions.  Seeking to encourage citizen engagement, the sessions will use interactive tools to share information about the upcoming changes.  New schedules and maps will be available to take home and opportunities to get hands on experience learning to navigate GoogleTransit, a new online tool riders can use to plan bus trips, will be available.  Staff and transit commission members will be onsite to answer questions.

The April 30 session at the U.S. Cellular Center will have a new hybrid bus on display for family friendly activities and a “load your bicycle on the bus” competition.

 

The public can drop-in between 4-7 p.m. on any of the following dates:

Monday, April 30, U.S. Cellular Center Banquet Hall, 87 Haywood St.

Tuesday, May 1, West Asheville Community Center, 970 Haywood Rd.

Thursday, May 3, Reid Memorial Recreation Center, 133 Livingston St.

Monday, May 7, Linwood Crump – Shiloh Community Center, 121 Shiloh Rd.

Monday, May 14, East Asheville Community Center, 906 Tunnel Rd.

Tuesday, May 15, Grace Episcopal Church – Parish Hall, 871 Merrimon Ave.

 

For more information about Asheville Transit, contact 253-5691, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.ashevillenc.gov/transit

Asheville Transit Marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Friday, October 21st, 2011

ASHEVILLE NC – On Oct. 21, Asheville Transit drivers will wear pink – either a shirt or a ribbon – to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time to reflect on a disease that affects about 1 in 8 women in the United States over the course of a lifetime.

Doors to the buses will feature a Susan G. Komen for the Cure decal and each of the columns outside the Transit Center on Coxe Avenue will be adorned with a pink ribbon.

“We wanted to do something to highlight this disease, which affects so many women and their families,” said Transit General Manager Norman Schenck. “Even raising a little more awareness is a good thing.”

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers, according to the American Cancer Society. It is also the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer.

To learn more, visit http://www.cancer.org/.