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:
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.
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