Ridership Independence for the Disabled in Buncombe County


How to Apply

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Am I Eligible?

RIDE provides non-emergency transportation services for disabled residents of Buncombe County who are unable to access the City’s ART (Asheville Redefines Transit) bus system or Mountain Mobility Trailblazer routes. To qualify, you must reside within Buncombe County and meet the following criteria:

To use the RIDE service, you must be registered as an eligible customer directly with the program.   

Apply for RIDE or, call 828 250-6750 x 5 to speak with someone in person and apply over the phone.

The County of Buncombe does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, or disability in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its services, programs, and activities.  To view Buncombe County’s Title VI Policy click here. For more information call (828) 250-6750 ext 5.

What is the Cost?

Services through the RIDE program are provided by several private transportation companies in Asheville. The companies charge different rates, and customers are advised to contact them directly to discuss fees and services in advance of scheduling a trip. Generally, costs are based upon the mileage distance from the point of pick-up to the destination.  Prices range from $10.00 for in town trips to more than $40.00 for longer trips such as from Black Mountain to Asheville Airport. The customer pays only $2.50 for the trip cost on a fare up to $10.00.  Customers pay the balance of the fee if their ride is over $50.00.  Customers may use up to five vouchers per one-way trip. Trips should be booked a minimum of 24 hours in advance, but same day service is allowed on a case-by-case basis.