Transportation Campaign

Better Buses Together

“Transportation with Representation”

Better Buses Together grew out of the People’s Voice on Transportation Equality, a group of Just Economics’ leaders in that developed the 19 Point People’s Agenda for Transportation Reform (scroll down the page for the 19 Point Agenda). This campaign was originated in 2013 by and is led by people who ride the bus out of necessity.  The campaign has grown and includes riders and allies. 

Better Buses Together meets monthly to work on our objectives. We hold Riders Assemblies twice a year. Our Riders Assemblies are focused on engaging necessity riders to assess the needs of the community and best form our strategies.  Additionally, people are welcome to join our Action Alert mailing list.

Any level of participation is appreciated, we would love to have you join us as we continue to work on creating a public transportation system that works for all. Everyone is welcome to join us!  

To get more information or join our
Better Buses Together Campaign

Our 2020 Priorities

- Fund full implementation of the Transit Master Plan including both the route changes and the extended hours.
- Support riders with route changes
- Improve ART customer service 
- Address Riders responsibilities
- Support drivers and provide driver appreciation
- Advocate for better transit management practices
- Continue working towards a Fare Free system
- Support work toward ADA compliance
- Follow bus replacement schedule
- Hold transit assembly meetings
- Advocate for best practices in rider communications
- Improve emergency response


- Find Transit Service alerts here

- Find Transit Service maps and schedules here
- Report a complaint or concern to Asheville City Transportation here

Contact Better Buses Together 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:

  • 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.




To Get involved contact Just Economics at 828-505-7466 or  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






Councilwoman Wisler:

Mail: 104 Kimberly Avenue, Asheville, NC 28804

Phone: 828-333-1767


Councilwoman Julie Mayfield:

Mail: 109 Estes Court, Asheville, NC 28806

Phone: 828-271-4544


Councilman Young’s:

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

Phone: (828) 407-1181


Councilman Haynes:

Address: 40 Roberts Street, Asheville, NC 28801

Phone: (828) 619-1776


Transit Committee Contact Information:


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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