Meeting March 28 set to discuss proposed AshevilleTransit changes

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Press release here:

The City of Asheville is making changes to the transit system over the next few months, based on recommendations from transit riders, business leaders and citizens.

The changes are part the “Asheville Redefines Transit” campaign and will be shared with the community at a public forum from 4-7 p.m. March 28 in the Municipal Building, located at 100 Court Plaza, downtown.

The meeting will be in the 4th floor training room. It will be organized as a drop-in, so that people can come at any time to receive information about the campaign, which is being undertaken in four stages:

Listening to the community

Focusing on sustainability

Providing more frequent and reliable service

Supplying more and better information

 

Stage 1, “Listening to the community,” will be kicked off at the March 28 meeting.

Staff will collect residents’ feedback on the following proposed changes:

Increased frequency on main corridors:

Haywood Road

Tunnel Road

Merrimon Avenue

Biltmore Avenue

Patton Avenue

Improved route performance

Reduced number of deviations

Elimination of Dial-a-Rides

Changes to all routes and bus stops

Combining day and evening service

Adding more transfer points outside of downtown

Two cross-town routes

New service areas: ABCCM and Land of Sky Region Council

Attendees will also be able to view new draft maps and the Asheville Redefines Transit campaign website.

This meeting is a continuation of the Transit Master Plan process begun in 2009-2010, which included three public meetings and the completion of more than 800 resident surveys. City Council approved the changes recommended in the plan in October 2009.

The full Transit Master Plan can be viewed at www.ashevilletransit.com.

To receive Transit email updates, send a request to iride@ashevillenc.gov.

Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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