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City of Asheville asking for feedback on its parking garages

  The City of Asheville Parking Services works toward continuous improvement to provide convenient, safe, clean, and accessible public parking for the downtown and other selected areas. Parking Services works to maintain, improve, and increase parking opportunities to meet the challenges of growth and continued development in Asheville.   As part of continuous improvement the City is asking [...]

Reminder: Fines for Asheville parking infractions increase Feb. 1

A new parking violations fine schedule will go into effect Feb. 1, 2019. Approved by City Council Nov. 27, the parking fine increases include the following:         Overtime parking at metered or non-metered spaces will go from $10 to $20.         A second or subsequent violation within a 24-hour period will rise from $20 to $40.         Loading/unloading zone violations will [...]

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Asheville 2018 in review: New leadership, APD data releases, bond projects advance and more

  With 2018 nearly in the books, it’s time to take stock of City of Asheville projects and developments from the past year. Here are 10 topics that your City government advanced in 2018. We’ll have 2019 initiatives to look for in another roundup Jan. 1.   Debra Campbell becomes Asheville City Manager The search for a new City Manager [...]

Sunday snow updates: Asheville snow plowing in full force, ART bus suspended

  How much snow did we get? 2:20 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 Here are unofficial snowfall totals released by the National Weather Service: Asheville, 5 ½” Arden, 10” Biltmore Forest, 6 ½” Leicester, 8” Skyland, 9”   More locations are listed at this link.   Snow removal crews making progress, people still urged to refrain from driving Noon Sunday, Dec. 9 Public Works snow removal equipment by the [...]

Fines for Asheville parking infractions to increase

Better watch that parking meter. And whatever you do, don’t park in a loading zone. Infractions will hit you a bit harder in the pocketbook.   The new fine schedule will go into effect Feb. 1, 2019. The parking fine increases include the following:         Overtime parking at metered or non-metered spaces will go from $10 to $20.         A [...]

Asheville Holiday Parade to impact bus routes, include street closings

  The Asheville Downtown Association’s annual Asheville Holiday Parade happens from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, in downtown Asheville. The parade route runs up Biltmore Avenue to Pack Square, then turns to go down Patton Avenue. Hundreds show up for this festive community event, so please plan ahead. There will be traffic and [...]

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City of Asheville to launch pilot monthly parking program to address downtown workers’ needs

  Parking downtown can be a challenge, especially for Asheville service industry and retail workers. A survey by the Downtown Commission and Asheville Downtown Association showed that most employees of downtown businesses rely on driving to get to work, and that 64% of  businesses would like to see more parking downtown.   Survey respondents indicated that 40% of [...]

Civic Center Parking Deck elevator to reopen

Good news! The elevator at the Civic Center Parking Deck is expected to be back in operation by Memorial Day weekend. Contractors are finalizing work on the project. The elevator closed for replacement in January and now the work is in its final stages. The elevator has to undergo a state inspection this month before it can [...]

Asheville parking garages now feature electric vehicle charging stations

John Himmelheber of West Asheville charges his Ford C-Max enregi hybrid at the top of the Wall Street Parking Garage. He said he is pleased to learn of its installation.     Need a jolt? If you park your electric vehicle at one of three City of Asheville parking garages you can charge your car while you are dining or [...]

New Asheville parking citation management partnership has new online payment system

Asheville Transportation Director Ken Putnam displays a plaque from Passport Parking congratulating the City of Asheville on its more than half a million transactions with the online parking platform.     Enforcement officers now using real-time platform for more accurate enforcing   Got a parking ticket? Here’s information you need to know. Passport Parking has partnered with the City of Asheville on a [...]

‘Smart’ parking meters to be installed throughout downtown Asheville

  They won’t do your taxes but the new “smart” parking meters coming to all of downtown Asheville this year will make paying for parking much easier. For one thing, you’ll have the option to use your debit or credit card. For another, Passport app parking payments will display on the new meters, leaving the guesswork out [...]

City of Asheville 2018 initiatives: What to look for in the new year

  With a new year comes new programs, facility improvements and projects to improve our community. Here’s a look ahead at Asheville City government initiatives in 2018. We couldn’t get the list down to 10 items so here are a dozen to look for in the coming year.       New, more diverse City Council   Asheville City Council 2018: Standing, left to right, are Keith Young, [...]

Biltmore Avenue parking garage to get enviro-conscious deep cleaning this week

City of Asheville Parking Services will begin the process of deep cleaning of the Biltmore Avenue Garage the week of June 19. This cleaning is a deep steam type cleaning that will remove five years of soot and other particulates from the driving and infrastructure surfaces in the garage. Given that soot, carbon and other particulates will [...]

Asheville Parking Services wins national accreditation

The International Parking Institute, the largest parking organization in the world with members in over 45 countries, has designated the City of Asheville’s Parking Services Division as an Accredited Parking Organization. This recognition is the result of  a yearlong effort by City staff to prepare the submission. The awards process included evaluation of over 150 key [...]

Weather-related updates: transit delays, parking garages open

Updates as of Sunday, 8:35 am Due to icy conditions on roadways, ART transit service will be delayed for 1 hour on all Sunday Service Routes. Check the Services Alerts section on the website for updates. The City’s four parking garages in the Central Business District are open (gates are in the up position) from 8:00 pm [...]