Swannanoa Bus Service Changes Effec. 11/2/09


Please see the important notice below from Asheville Transit regarding changes to the bus service between Asheville, Swannanoa and Black Mountain.  The number of bus stops has changed (see attached pamphlet for schedule details and location of stops) and fares have increased.  These changes are effective Monday, November 2nd.
As many of you know, the Swannanoa bus service was in danger of losing funding and perhaps being eliminated altogether.  While fare increases are never welcome, we’re thankful that the route is being retained. 

—– Original Message —–

From: I Ride
Sent: Friday, October 30, 2009 4:49 PM
Subject: Route 28 Changes for Monday, Nov. 2nd & Route 54
Please pass on!
Sorry for last minute notice!
October 30, 2009
City of Asheville
Transportation Department
Contact: Mariate Echeverry, Transportation Manager
Office: 232-4528
UPDATED:  Changes to bus Route 54 & Route 28
Discontinuation date extended
Route 28 Pamphlet
ASHEVILLE – Route 28 has been redesigned and will have rate increases as well as changes to routing and scheduling.  An assessment by the North Carolina Department of Transportation which found lack of compliance with federal guidelines concerning intercity routes and local participation prompted the change. In addition, on Oct. 27, Asheville City Council passed a resolution to fund the Asheville Transit Route 54 bus to Weaverville until Nov. 7 allowing riders more time to find alternative modes of commuting.  The route was originally scheduled to stop service on Nov. 1. 
Route #28
Starting on Monday Nov. 2nd Route 28 will operate with different routing, schedule, and fares.  For a complete list of the changes go to:, Service Alerts.
Route 28 will now operate seven trips per day Monday – Saturday 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., providing connections to all Greyhound routes arriving and departing from Asheville Greyhound Station on Tunnel Road.  There will now only be fourteen bus stops between Asheville and Black Mountain. 
Route 28 will travel from downtown Asheville on Tunnel Road and continue on US-70 to Black Mountain in both directions.  The route will no longer use Old US-70.  Passengers living near Old US-70 will need to travel to US-70 to ride Route 28.  Mountain Mobility has also made modifications to the Black Mountain Trailblazer.  For details on the Black Mountain Trailblazer call(828) 258-0186 or go to; or call
The fares will change to the following:

Fare change for Asheville to Swannanoa              Regular fare $ 1.50

Discount fare $0.75

Fare change for Asheville to Black Mountain         Regular fare $ 1.75  

Discount fare $1.00

Fare change for monthly passes                         $55.00

Discount price $27.50. 
Discount fares include all seniors age 65 and over, individuals with disabilities, Medicare recipients and students in elementary, middle and high school.  Monthly passes are valid system wide.
Route #54
The last day of service for Route 54 to Weaverville will be Nov. 7.  Passengers that rely on the Route 54 bus are encouraged to visit to explore new commuting options.  The following transportation alternatives are also available: 

Mountain Mobility’s North Buncombe Trailblazer – new route and schedule changes will be implemented to help fill the gap in public transportation services.  The North Buncombe Trailblazer connects with Asheville Transit Route 2 near Merrimon Avenue at Elkwood Avenue.  For more information visit:  or call 258-0186
Carpooling – to connect with other Asheville area employees who want to carpool go   

Call (828) 232-4528, e-mail or visit for more information.

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