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Mailing Address:
Macon County Transit
Kim Angel, Director
5 W. Main Street
Franklin, NC 28734

Physical Address:
36 Pannell Lane
Franklin, NC 28734
Phone: (828) 349-2222
Fax: (828) 349-2570

For Persons with Hearing or Speech
Disabilities Call: 711 -or-
(800) 735-2962

Office Hours:
7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

*Our services follow the Macon County Holiday Schedule.


Macon County Transit
(828) 349-2222

Rides & Routes

Who Can Ride Macon County Transit?

Anyone requiring transportation in Macon County, North Carolina is eligible to ride MCT. We provide transportation for general purpose trips, medical trips, and almost any non-emergency trip destination.

What Hours Can I Ride Macon County Transit?

MCT Operates Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Please be ready for your ride at least 1 hour before your scheduled appointment. Pick-ups are usually at least thirty (30) minutes before your appointment time. However, clients should always be ready 1 hour prior to their appointment time. Out of county medical transportation will require earlier pick-ups.

Scheduling A Ride

Appointments are taken on a first call first served basis. Transportation requests that are scheduled in advance (prior to the day before) are preferred.

Request for transportation must be received by 12:00 p.m. at least one working day prior to the date of the trip that is within Macon County. A transportation request for Monday must be made by 12:00 p.m. the preceding Friday. If calls are received after 12:00 pm transportation will not be provided.

General Public Fares (as of October 01, 2013):

General Public Transportation is provided by MCT on a space availability basis only.

  • Local Fares per Boarding
    • Franklin - $3.00
    • Highlands - $7.00
  • Pass*
    • 10 Boardings - $30.00

Out of County Fares (Round Trip):

  • Sylva - $20.00
  • Waynesville - $30.00
  • Bryson City - $30.00
  • Asheville - $45.00
  • Clayton/Dillard - $20.00

Mountain Gem Route:

  • Runs Monday - Friday
    • Starts 8:00am
    • Last Run: 4:30 to 5:25pm
  • Local Fares per Boarding
    • Only $1.00 One Way!
  • Pass*
    • Unlimited Rides - $30.00 Monthly
    • Book of 20 Passes - $18.00

  • Drop-offs can be made in between these bus stops by telling your driver when you board the bus. You MUST call the office when ready for pick up.

  • Pick ups at places other than a bus stop must be called into the Transit office the day the pick up is needed. Reservations for pick ups on the Mountain Gem will not be taken in advance.

Mountain Gem Route Schedule: The Mountain Gem Route runs every 30 minutes beginning at 8:00 from the following locations. The last pickup times are from 3:30 to 4:25 depending on location. Please see the schedule table below. Download Brochure here in PDF Format.

  Westgate Terrace Appartments :00
  Westgate Plaza - Ingle's / Kmart :05
  Orchard View Apartments :09
  Macon County Public Library :16
  Wal-Mart :21
  Oak Forest Apartments :29
  Holly Haven Apartments :45
  Main Street - Gazebo :55

mountain gem macon transit map


New! Hiker Route: Rides available February 15, 2016 to May 27, 2016. Cost is $3.00 per boarding.

Franklin 8:50am 12:50pm 2:50pm
Winding Stair 9:30am 12:30pm 3:30pm
Rock Gap 9:45am 12:45pm 3:45pm



Payment for transportation on MCT must be made to the driver. Macon County Transit accepts cash, checks, or money orders in the exact amount of the fare. *Drivers do not make change.

One personal care attendant may ride at no charge. All others will be charged regular fares.

Cancelling A Ride:

If you must cancel a scheduled ride on Macon County Transit, please notify the MCT Office at (828) 349-2222 as soon as possible and at least one hour before your scheduled pick-up time. By notifying MCT early, you will allow us to provide transportation to someone else.


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5 West Main Street • Franklin, NC 28734
Phone: (828) 349-2222

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