The City has a track record of annual increases to transit. ARTC calls on City Council to implement high-capacity, high-frequency service in order to demonstrate the viability of high-quality service. Expanding service in this way will continue to build public support for further transit-related investments.
Asheville has a huge service industry, with many residents working late evening shifts. Yet about half of our buses stop running at 7:30 or earlier. When work shifts end, the buses need to be there so Asheville’s workers can get home. We need longer service hours for transit that reflect the work schedules of our residents.
Those without a car in Asheville depend on the bus for work, school, childcare, healthcare, food, and more. Transit that runs for longer hours makes Asheville a more equitable and affordable place to live, and later transit service keeps evening workers from getting stranded away from home.
Asheville has a cost of living similar to Washington D.C. and an available housing struggle on par with New York City. Increasing funding for transit is a way to buy back some equity for Asheville and make living here more affordable.
City Council has set an ambitious vision of a robust, successful public transit system:
“Whether you drive a car, take the bus, ride a bike or walk, getting around Asheville is easy. Public transportation is widespread, frequent, and reliable. Sidewalks, greenways, and bike facilities get us where we want to go safely and keep us active and healthy. It is easy to live in Asheville without a car and still enjoy economic, academic, and social success.” -Asheville City Council, Strategic Operating Plan/Vision for 2036
In order to make that vision a reality we need to march forward every year by increasing transit funding.
Asheville and Buncombe county residents cannot wait decades for high quality public transportation, especially those who have no other transportation options for work, school, childcare and daily errands.