Whether you drive, walk, bike, or ride the bus, transit affects us all. The ways in which we move around our city have to do with where we live, where we work, and the types of access we have to transit. The current system presents challenges for us all, including traffic congestion, bus schedules that don’t align with our work schedules, bike paths that don’t connect to our destination, and sidewalks that simply don’t exist in our neighborhoods.
In order to meet the needs of all of Asheville’s residents, we need to upgrade our infrastructure and our transit systems. This includes:
Increasing our bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, including the full implementation of proposed greenways throughout our city’s neighborhoods.
Extending the service hours of our bus system to at least midnight on all routes, and 2 am or later on the most frequently used routes.
Increasing the frequency of bus service to every 15 minutes on the most frequently used routes.
Building a coalition with Buncombe County to create a dedicated funding source for transit in order to transition to a fare-free system.
Working with Buncombe County officials to identify locations for Park & Ride facilities that will provide daily commuters living outside the city access to the transit system. Doing so will get more cars off the road and provide greater economic opportunity for our residents.
Establishing a Transit Trust Fund that can be used in the future for large scale projects, such as the development of additional transfer stations.
Ensuring multi-use path connectivity from our neighborhoods to primary infrastructure. This will be critically important throughout the I-26 connector project.
Integrating transit with all moderate- and large-scale residential and commercial development projects. Doing so will benefit our workers by making it easier to get around and perform day-to-day errands without having to rely on a car. It will also reduce congestion and emissions.
Using alternative forms of transportation (i.e., bikes, busses, walking) is better for the environment, it adds money to our economy, promotes healthier lifestyles, and reduces congestion. Not to mention these are the only forms of transportation available to people who don’t own cars. Improving access to transit will improve their access to better jobs, and a higher standard of living. In short, a fully-implemented multi-modal transit system benefits our entire community.