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.