Apple Country Public Transit Feasibility Study
About the Study
In recent years, ridership on Apple Country Public Transit (ACPT) services declined significantly. The County seeks to increase ridership while optimizing the level of service to current and potential riders. Henderson County is developing a Transit Feasibility Study to determine where there are opportunities to improve transit service in the county. The study will look at existing services, connectivity to important destinations, bus stop location, and first-/last mile connections before recommending transit service enhancements and capital improvements that would make transit more convenient for the community.
County staff have chosen AECOM as the consultant for the study and will be working closely with them throughout the process.
Henderson County’s Apple Country Public Transit (ACPT) offers a vital service to the community, particularly to underserved individuals, providing essential trips to jobs, shopping, and access to health services and education across the entire county. The development of the feasibility study and assessment of existing services is necessary to address gaps in service and to adapt to ever-changing circumstances, such as urban growth, traffic conditions, climate change, and most recently, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Board of Commissioners and County staff have also worked to appoint a steering committee, comprised of a variety of stakeholders, to oversee the study. The steering committee includes members from Blue Ridge Community College, The Partnership for Economic Development, Pardee Hospital, the Tourism Development Authority, Hendersonville City Police, the Council on Aging, the Henderson County Health Department, the Henderson County School System, and the Henderson County Sheriff's Department. More information regarding public outreach events and opportunities for engagement will be shared in the coming months.
Henderson County Community Survey
To gather critical public feedback, an online survey (available in English and Spanish) has been created. This short survey aims to learn more about the challenges transit users and community members as a whole face within Henderson County. Your time and participation are greatly appreciated. All feedback is considered while conducting the study.
To take the Community Survey (English), please click here or scan the QR code:
Para realizar la encuesta comunitaria (en español), haga clic aquí o escanee el código:
Public outreach, including surveys and focus groups, will be a large part of the feasibility study. The Board of Commissioners and County staff have also worked to appoint a steering committee, comprised of a variety of stakeholders, to oversee the study. More information regarding public outreach events and opportunities for engagement will be shared in the coming months.
Steering Committee Members
100 N. King St
Hendersonville, NC 28792
526 7th Avenue East
Hendersonville, NC 28792