Transportation Campaign

People’s Voice on Transportation Equality

“Transportation with Representation”

The People’s Voice on Transportation Equality, a group of Just Economics’ leaders that developed the 19 Point People’s Agenda for Transportation Reform(scroll down the page for the 19 Point Agenda). This campaign was originated by and is led by people who ride the bus out of necessity.  The campaign has grown and includes riders and allies.  Everyone is welcome to join us!

Join As A Transit Supporter or Participant

Our 2017 Priorities for City Council

  • Extend Sunday service to include all routes (Point 1 on our 19 Point Agenda)
  • Evening Bus Service until 10pm(Point 2 on our 19 Point Agenda)
  • Reinstatement of critical stops to Deaverview, Bartlett Arms, and Voc Rehab (Point 7)

Join us as we work throughout the year with city council, city staff, the transit committee, the management company, and the multi-modal commission to accomplish our 19 point agenda.

Join us in Advocating with the Transit Committee for:

  • More Representation by Necessity Riders
  • Clear and Easy to use Transit Information
  • Improved complaint system

Working with City staff to:

  • Input from riders on bus system improvements
  • Input on the placement of shelters created by the transportation bond
  • Transparency and public input
  • New contract for the Transit Management Company

The People’s Agenda on Transportation

This campaign was initiated by a group of concerned Asheville area residents, emerging from Just Economics of WNC’s Voices for Economic Justice Leadership Training Program.

Our Mission:

is to ensure that everyone’s voice is included in redefining transit in Asheville.

Our Focus:

  • Making sure there is proper representation in decision-making from non-elective riders.

  • Making sure that planning prioritizes the needs of the people who use public transit out of necessity.

  • Advocating for equality in terms of a clean and safe bus system including bus stops.

  • Supporting policies that are consistent, courteous, transparent and hold everyone mutually accountable.

  • Encouraging route reform focusing on the most efficient access for non-elective riders to meet their basic needs and get to and from work.

From working together with partners, doing research, having discussions, creating and conducting surveys, and meeting for over a year, this group put together the transportation reform agenda:

People’s 19 Point Agenda for Transportation Reform

  1. Full Sunday bus service

  2. Extend later night service

  3. Ensure representation by necessity bus riders through:  Transit Committee seats

  4. Multi-Modal Committee seats

  5. A Ridership Subcommittee

  6. Increase ability to carry groceries on the bus

  7. Annual review of stop locations & re-instatement of stop at Bartlett Arms/ Overlook Apartments for the elderly & disabled residents

  8. Additional areas of service based on needs for transportation to work, school, and basic necessities

  9. Clear and easy to understand transit system information


  10. Deal with the C route to ensure working system (completed-our advocacy helped with route changes that began in January of 2015, eliminating the confusion and problems with the C route)


  11. Stop & Shelter Maintenance Equity

  12. Additional shelters & safety barriers

  13. Improved complaint system

  14. Transit Committee is “hands on” riding at least 12 routes annually and providing timely meeting notes and information to the public

  15. Policies are transparent, consistent, and are in the interest of riders, drivers, & overall system–Accountability when policies are not followed

  16. Transparency and public participation through good information sharing

  17. Priorities of Master Plan in line with latest ridership survey results & ongoing needs of riders

  18. Develop an emergency response plan when buses are rendered out of service

  19. Insure Management Company is working in the best interest of drivers, riders, & the City of Asheville

To Get involved contact Just Economics at 828-505-7466 or amy@justeconomicswnc.org.  To take action to support this agenda, contact City Council, the Transit Committee, and City staff:

Contact all of City Council at once using this email address:

Mayor Manheimer:

Mail: PO Box 7148, Asheville, NC 28802

Phone: 828-259-5600

Email: esthermanheimer@avlcouncil.com

Councilman Bothwell:

Mail: 15 Lookout Road, Asheville, NC 28804

Phone: (828) 713-8840

E-mail: cecil@braveulysses.com

Councilman Smith:

Mail: 49 Euclid Blvd., Asheville, NC 28806

Phone: (828) 279-2551

E-mail: gordonsmith@avlcouncil.com

Councilwoman Wisler:

Mail: 104 Kimberly Avenue, Asheville, NC 28804

Phone: 828-333-1767

Email: gwenwisler@avlcouncil.com

Councilman Young’s:

Mail: 18 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Asheville, NC 28801

Phone: (828) 407-1181

E-mail: keithyoung@avlcouncil.com

Councilman Haynes:

Address: 40 Roberts Street, Asheville, NC 28801

Phone: (828) 619-1776

Email: brianhaynes@avlcouncil.com

Transit Committee Contact Information:

Chair – Adam Charnack

charnack@gmail.com

Asheville Transit Staff Contact Information:

Location: City Hall, Mezzanine Level

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 7148, Asheville, NC 28802

Phone: 828-232-4528

Driver, Dispatch or Mechanic Transit Employment Opportunities:

Address: 360 West Haywood Street, Asheville, NC 28801

Phone: 828-251-4060

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