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Transportation Campaign

bus picturePeople’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 (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!

Our priorities moving into 2016 include:

*Evening Bus Service (Point 2 on our 19 Point Agenda)

*New policies and improved ways to carry groceries on the bus (Point 5)

*Reinstatement of stops to public housing, Bartlett Arms, and Voc Rehab (Point 7)

*An improved complaint system (Point 13)

*Clear and easy to use information such as maps (Point 9)

*Public input on the Transit Master Plan (Point 17)

*****For the full report on a study done in partnership with UNCA to more clearly identify the need for evening service, click here


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 is on:

* 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 to at least 50% of the routes

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

4-     Multi-Modal Committee seats

5-     and 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

Check out an article in the Asheville Citizen Times regarding transit here
Check out an op-ed by Campaign Contributor and Youth Empowered Solutions member here

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 contact information:

Mail: PO Box 7148, Asheville, NC 28802
Phone: 828-259-5600
Email: esthermanheimer@avlcouncil.com

Councilman Bothwell contact information:

Mail: 15 Lookout Road, Asheville, NC 28804
Phone: (828) 713-8840
E-mail: cecil@braveulysses.com

Councilman Smith contact information:

Mail: 49 Euclid Blvd., Asheville, NC 28806
Phone: (828) 279-2551
E-mail: gordonsmith@avlcouncil.com

Councilwoman Wisler contact information:

Mail: 104 Kimberly Avenue, Asheville, NC 28804
Phone: 828-333-1767
Email: gwenwisler@avlcouncil.com

Councilmwoman Mayfield’s contact information:

Address: 109 Estes Court, Asheville, NC 28806
Phone: (828) 271-4544
E-mail: juliemayfield@avlcouncil.com

Councilman Young’s contact information:

Mail: 18 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Asheville, NC 28801
Phone: (828) 407-1181
E-mail: keithyoung@avlcouncil.com

Councilman Haynes Contact Information:

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

Multimodal Transportation Commission Contact Information:

Chair – Jim Grode – jimgrode@gmail.com

Asheville Transit Staff Contact Information:

Mariate Echeverry, Transportation Planning Manager

Location: City Hall, Mezzanine Level
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 7148
Asheville, NC 28802

Phone: 828-232-4528
E-Mail: mecheverry@ashevillenc.gov


Yuri Koslen, Transit Projects Coordinator

Location: City Hall, Mezzanine Level
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 7148
Asheville, NC 28802

Phone:  (828) 232-4522

Email:  YKoslen@ashevillenc.gov

Driver, Dispatch or Mechanic Transit Employment Opportunities:

Rosann Christian, General Manager

360 West Haywood Street
Asheville, NC 28801

Phone: 828-251-4060
E-Mail: rchristian@asehvillenc.gov