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Saturday May 27th

Zip down to Pittsboro

New PX line is a great opportunity for commuters

The new PX line is a great new option for commuters and students travelling between Chapel Hill and Pittsboro.

This is a first for Chapel Hill Transit, as the bus is the only route that extends beyond the borders of Orange County into Chatham County.

The line was created specifically with commuters in mind.

Fueled by a $350,000 grant and Chatham County and Pittsboro funds, the PX runs about six loops a day — three in the morning and three in the evening.

Unlike normal Chapel Hill Transit buses, a ride on the PX route comes with a $3 fare.

However, a convenient monthly pass may be purchased for $65, making the PX a viable and affordable alternative to driving.

And some University students and employees can even ride for free.

Members of the Commuter Alternative Program — an initiative that offers free commuter parking and transportation to campus from certain lots — are allowed to bypass the fare.

Chapel Hill Transit is implementing the line in the right way.

Nine months after its inception, the line will undergo an efficiency evaluation.

Until then, the PX has the opportunity to garner more ridership.

While rider numbers have been low, the new route is still in its infancy and should be allowed to grow.

A great opportunity for commuters and students alike, the University community would be wise to take advantage of the PX bus.

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