New ART bus shelter

Councilwoman Kim Roney, left, Mayor Esther Manheimer, Oasis Recovery Center and Asheville Recovery Center staff Claire Thomas, Jake Gormon, Claire Thomas and Councilwoman Gwen Wisler join in a check presentation for a new bus shelter in front of the CVS on Merrimon Avenue.

The Asheville City Council accepted $5,000 in a budget amendment on behalf of building a new Ashevile Rides Transit bus shelter at Merrimon Avenue and Deerwood Drive, just south of Edgewood Road outside of CVS. The shelter will service the N1 and N2 transit lines.

The Oasis Recovery Center and the Asheville Recovery Center both stepped up to provide the funding for the new bus shelter at the Oct. 12 meeting. Within the ART Transit System, the stop location is referred to by the following names and numbers — Stop #240: Merrimon Avenue at Edgewood Road.

The Transportation Department has been working with community organizations to provide donations to install standard bus shelters along ART bus routes.

The City welcomed the community partnership and acknowledged the need for a shelter at this location, where a shelter once existed but was damaged.

The City will work with a contractor to install the bus shelter.

ART provides bus service throughout Asheville and to Black Mountain from 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday; and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays and holidays.

The ART Station is located at 49 Coxe Ave. ART serves 19 routes with an annual ridership of 2.3 million, per pre-Covid data.

It costs $1 to ride the bus one way. A ticket booklet (11 rides) costs $9 and a monthly pass costs $20. Both are available for purchase at the ART Transit Center. Cash fares are also accepted.

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