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Plans For Expanding Bus Service
Asheville's public bus service may soon expand to seven days a week. Asheville Councilman Gordon Smith is moving forward on requesting city staff members compile costs to run potentially nine routes on Sundays which would be similar to holiday service. The city's main routes include service on Tunnel road, to the airport, to west Asheville and down Patton road.
"80% of the people who use the buses don't have another form of transportation ," said Smith. "There's not a public transit system in the world that's a money maker. That's not the intention. This is a core city service just like police and fire."
Gordon says it costs the city around five million dollars a year to run the public bus service through the city. City, federal and private institution grants cover the cost. A presentation of proposals could come before the entire Council after January first during the entity's winter retreat.
by Kimberly King
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