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Asheville city asks for public's input on transportation

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ASHEVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina) -

The city of Asheville will hold multiple meetings for members of the community to voice opinions on the city's transportation this week. 

The city is holding charrettes will help in the a project known as Asheville in Motion that is committed to developing and expanding all travel options for the city. Members of the project say the city is facing transportation challenges due to growth in employment, population, and tourism. 

The charrettes are open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11, Thursday, March 12, and Friday, March 13. These meetings will be held at the Renaissance Hotel in the Swannanoa Room. A design team will provide updates and dialogue opportunities on Wednesday and Thursday from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.

"This effort has relied on community input from day one," says Mariate Echeverry, Asheville's Transportation Planning Manager, "now, people can drop in on these charrettes and see how their ideas and priorities contribute to the Asheville Motion Plan."

Accommodating this growth is not an easy task for city planners, says planners. The city of Asheville says the lay of the land makes the construction of new roads and limited resources an expensive task. 

Members of the Asheville in Motion say they are still committed to creating a plan that encourages health-oriented and sustainable transportation.

A summary presentation from the charrettes will be Saturday morning from 10 a.m. to noon. 

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