Traffic and transportation

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	Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt discussed the issue of alternative transportation with Carl Schuler, of UNC Hospitals, at the Starbucks on Franklin Street Wednesday. Kleinschmidt rode Chapel Hill Transit to talk to bus riders about the transportation system.

Kleinschmidt tests transit system; talks with residents

Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt put the Chapel Hill Transit system to the test Wednesday, riding the HS route to the Varsity Theater. Wearing tennis shoes, jeans and a striped blue polo, Kleinschmidt later met Chapel Hill residents at the Starbucks on East Franklin Street to discuss the town’s transit and mobility issues in a more casual forum.

Construction on Manning Drive detours bus routes

Chapel Hill Transit will implement detours for nine bus routes due to construction on Manning Drive. The detours will only affect trips between 8 p.m. Fridays and 8 p.m. Sundays. A map of the detours is available on the town’s website. The bus stops at Mason Farm at ACC, East Drive at Jackson Circle, UNC Hospitals, Manning Drive at Gravely and UNC Hospitals parking deck will not be served.

Corridor study seeking local input

With heavy traffic congestion in mind, an area agency is seeking public input on infrastructure alternatives for the N.C. 54 corridor near Interstate 40 and Farrington Road.

Students seek spot in transportation talks

Under the five-year transportation plan passed Thursday by the Board of Trustees, students will pay about 40 percent of the system’s costs — an increase of about 10 percent from the current system. But none of the transportation board’s nine members are students. The board has two vacancies.

Full board to vote today on transportation plan

Student Body President Hogan Medlin voiced concern Wednesday that the five-year transportation plan did not include sufficient student input, echoing a complaint he had last year regarding the approval of a $750 tuition supplement.