WNC Transportation is a permanent feature that transportation for each of the 18 westernmost counties of North Carolina. This is your guide to public transit information and road maintenance contacts. It also includes information on Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) and Rural Planning Organizations (RPOs) for your county.

This resource list for Macon County will be updated periodically. Have a question, suggestion or update to this resource list? Please contact us at info@carolinapublicpress.org.

Public Transit

Macon County Transit
Mailing address: 5 W. Main St., Franklin, NC 28734
Physical address: 36 Pannell Lane, Franklin, NC 28734

Kim Angel, director
Phone: 828-349-2222
Email: kangel@maconnc.org


General public transportation is provided by MCT on a space-availability basis only

  • Local Fares per Boarding
    • Franklin – $3
    • Highlands – $7
  • Pass*
    • 10 Boardings – $30

Mountain Gem Route:

  • Local Fares per Boarding
    • $1 per boarding
  • Pass*
    • 20 Passes – $18
    • Unlimited Monthly – $30

* Passes may be purchased from your driver or at the Macon County Transit offices.

Out-of-county Fares (Round Trip):

  • Sylva – $20
  • Waynesville – $30
  • Bryson City – $30
  • Asheville – $45
  • Clayton/Dillard – $20

Information on scheduling can be found here: http://www.macontransit.org/routes.html

Road Repairs

If the road is maintained and owned by the state of North Carolina, call the N.C. Department of Transportation at 828-321-4105.

If the road is owned by the town of Franklin, call Franklin’s town hall at 828-524-2516.

Road and Highway Planning

Southwestern Rural Planning Organization is an agency that provides transportation planning and mapping/GIS support to Macon County and its municipalities. It serves as a forum for local officials and citizens to interact with the N.C. Department of Transportation.

Philip Moore, senior planner and coordinator
Phone: 828-586-1962 ext. 213
Email: phil@regiona.org

The NCDOT Division 14 is also involved with the planning and development of transportation projects in Macon County.

Ed Green, division engineer
Phone: 828-586-2141
Email: eagreen@ncdot.gov


Little Tennessee River Greenway
Address: 573 East Main St., Franklin, N.C. 28734
Phone: 828-369-8488
Email: frogquarters@frontier.com

A map of the Little Tennessee River Greenway may be found here.

Macon County Parks and Recreation
Address: 1288 Georgia Road, Franklin, NC 28734
Phone: 828-349-2090
Seth Adams, director

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Chase Erickson is a former intern at Carolina Public Press.

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