In an effort to maintain transit service to Black Mountain, the City of Asheville has applied, in partnership with Warren Wilson College, and be en awarded a Job Access and Reverse Commute grant (JARC) that will cover operations to the Town of Black Mountain for two years beginning on January 2011.
Route 170 will provide service between Asheville and Black Mountain , including service to the unincorporated area of Swannanoa and the town of Black Mountain (including a Park-n-Ride). This route will provide connections to jobs, services, schools, and shopping. This route will offer service four times per day to Black Mountain and additional trips to Warren Wilson College . Service will be provided Monday-Saturday, in the early morning and evenings.
Routes 28 and 29 will be combined in the new Route 170. The first day of service for Route 170 will beMonday Jan. 3. The route will run from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Route 170 will follow the same path as route 29 and route 28 but service will be provided on a different schedule (please go towww.ashevilletransit.comfor more information). The last day of service for Route 28 & Route 29 is Dec. 31.
The new route has a reduced fare (same cost as all other Asheville Transit routes) , increases number of bus stops, and a route design that eliminates overlapping services.
1 ) Route Changes:
a. The number of bus stops has been increased from 24 to 53.
b. The overlapping services of Route 28 & 29 have been eliminated, the routing will follow the current Route 28 service (eliminating Route 29 service on Swannanoa River Rd. and S Tunnel Rd.); this route will travel on Tunnel Rd. continuing on US-70 to Black Mountain, with Warren Wilson College service being provided via Warren Wilson Rd.
c. The new Route 170 will continue to provide coordination with Mountain Mobility’s Black Mountain Trailblazer; For more information go to:http://www.buncombecounty.org/GOVERNING/depts/Transportation/routes.htmor call (828) 258-0186
d. Visit www.AshevilleTransit.comor see map below for details
2 ) Schedule Changes
a. Due to funding limitation the service to Black Mountain has been reduced from seven (7) trips/day to four (4) trips/day.
b. Warren Wilson College will gain morning service for students trying to attend classes.
c. Later service Monday – Thursday service along Tunnel Rd. will be available for job access. Access to Asheville Mall will continue to be provided via stops at White Pine Dr. east bound and Buckstone Pl. west bound.
d. Visit www.AshevilleTransit.comor see schedule below for details
Asheville Transit will be seeking feedback on the route changes for the next few months. The public is encourage to call 253-5691 or e-mail email@example.com
for questions, comment, or suggestions
Visit http://www.ashevillenc.gov/residents/transportation/city_bus/default.aspx?id=946for printable route schedule and map information.