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 Transit resumed its regular service schedule today with changes to four routes.
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.
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
TO THE EDITOR: As a resident of Chapel Hill, I am writing to offer my support for the Chapel Hill Transit bus drivers in their quest for adequate breaks during their routes.
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.
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.
A group of six high-seniority Chapel Hill Transit drivers said their complaints for the past five years have not been sufficiently answered. The main complaint: a lack of sufficient time to take restroom and lunch breaks.
A recent survey showed that most Chapel Hill Transit users echo Alston’s sentiment. Of 1,675 randomly sampled riders, 88 percent rated the overall quality of transit service as excellent or good. Eighty-six percent of 418 residents surveyed by phone also expressed satisfaction with the service.
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.