Carrboro kicked off Public Transportation Week on Monday.
From Sept. 22-28, residents are encouraged to learn more about the available transit routes and use the bus in a way they haven’t before.
Barriers to using public transportation often involve not knowing how to use the bus and where to access transit schedules, said Bethany Chaney, Carrboro Board of Aldermen member. Public Transportation Week is designed to change that by educating residents about public transportation in Carrboro and beyond.
“For some people, it just feels like it’s just a chore to find out how do I get from A to B to C in town,” Chaney said. “I wish more people knew that it was easier, specifically by downloading the NextBus app.”
Chaney said she urges Carrboro residents to use transit for the first time this week if they haven’t already. For riders who use the bus to commute to work, she said she hopes this week will be an opportunity for them to explore routes to downtown Carrboro or Chapel Hill.
However, Public Transportation Week is also an opportunity to examine areas of improvement that are desperately needed in Carrboro, including expanding the Chapel Hill Transit bus service and looking to alternate providers as well.
“Carrboro would love to see more service in more places, particularly in the northern neighborhoods of Carrboro, where, you know, most of those folks have to drive to get anywhere else in Carrboro or to Chapel Hill because there’s just not easy bus service,” Chaney said.
Chaney said Carrboro would like to see expanded service on existing lines, specifically the CW and J routes. Both lines have service during the weekdays and Saturday, but the expansion of Sunday bus service should be a priority, she said.
The defeat of the Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit project was a significant setback to public transportation in Carrboro, said Diana McDuffee, member of the Carrboro Transportation Advisory Board and former member of the Board of Aldermen.