Scott Huler, the 2011 Piedmont Laureate, holds one of the new bus
placards he hopes will get people thinking about about various issues.

Piedmont Laureate’s words to grace Triangle-area buses

Bus passengers might soon find themselves asking questions they wouldn’t normally ask. Today, Capital Area Transit is debuting a series of placards sponsored by members of the Raleigh Arts Commission and the Orange County Arts Commission, as well as Scott Huler, the 2011 Piedmont Laureate.

Chapel Hill Transit

Chapel Hill Transit aims to provide safe, convenient, affordable, reliable and responsive public transportation services to the Chapel Hill area as well as UNC communities. There are many different types of public transportation offered, including fixed-bus services. EZ rider service is available for the mobility challenged. Tar Heel Express is a park and ride shuttle service for special events. Chapel Hill Transit also oversees the taxi franchise approval and renewals according to town code.

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Chapel Hill pushes alternative transportation Fridays

Chapel Hill unveiled its newest program aimed at encouraging alternative methods of transportation at a Friday conference. The “Feeling Great Fridays” program, which is set to begin in January, is the next step in an ongoing effort to discourage people from driving to work alone. The town announced the program to representatives from local businesses at the annual Go Chapel Hill Transportation Management conference.

Town officials plan upcoming budget

Chapel Hill officials are working to outline the coming fiscal year’s top priorities before the next budget session. Each town board and commission, including economic growth, public arts and transit, will submit goals to the mayor’s office in order to help the Chapel Hill Town Council form guidelines to keep in mind as they help lay out the budget

Chapel Hill Transit meets with public to discuss challenges

Monday’s meeting is the first in a series seeking input for developing a five-year improvement plan for the transit system. Ellen Perry, who has cerebral palsy and is the founder of Advocacy in Action in Carrboro, was one of many citizens who offered complaints and suggestions to Chapel Hill Transit officials at a public input meeting Monday night.

Chapel Hill Transit CM route detoured starting Thursday

Due to partial street closure on Cameron Avenue between Mallette and Pittsboro streets, the Chapel Hill Transit CM route will be detoured along Franklin Street beginning Thursday. Normal routing will resume Friday. Passengers on Cameron Avenue should board the CM route at alternate bus stops on Franklin Street, including the westbound at Hams, UNC Business and Graham Street, and the eastbound at Chapel Hill News, 411 West and Kenan Street.

New PX bus route from Pittsboro to UNC

Pittsboro bus line has limited success

Chapel Hill Transit’s first extension beyond the county borders to Pittsboro has had limited success in its first week.It’s carried between nine and 15 people daily from Chatham County into Chapel Hill, said Brian Litchfield, assistant transit director for Chapel Hill Transit.But even though the numbers are low, Litchfield said they are good for the first week, and he expects the line to become more popular.The PX bus line started running Aug. 31. It operates during commuter times, from about 6 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and from about 4:40 p.m. to 7 p.m.