Every year, when we return to campus in the fall, nothing makes us feel more at home here in Chapel Hill than seeing the Carolina Blue Chapel Hill Transit buses. Here at The Daily Tar Heel, we’re avid fans of public transportation, and the UNC bus routes are no exception.
Whether it's the RU, U, NS, G, A or even the P2P, each bus route has its own flair and character. For some, there is a certain je ne sais quoi. Maybe it is the stops along the way, the people who ride alongside you or the simple serotonin boost of yelling, “Thank you!” to the bus driver as you get off. The heart of Chapel Hill is not UNC, the Dean Dome or Franklin Street — it is the Chapel Hill Transit buses. Live. Laugh. Love. Chapel. Hill. Transit.
Yes, there are certain routes that are more popular than others (we’re looking at you, V). Still, the Editorial Board came together to compile an accurate and foolproof ranking of the various bus routes in Chapel Hill. Considering factors like timeliness, location, access to campus and just that special something, here are the Editorial Board’s favorite bus routes.
Books could be written about the adventures had on the P2P. There is nothing like the fear of being slightly intoxicated and being on a bus going 30 miles an hour as it hits every curb in sight. The P2P is a savior for night owls and the hottest ride for first-years (albeit before COVID-19, RIP). As the name suggests, the P2P is always on point by getting places on time, sometimes even compromising the safety of passengers (it's OK, though, because there's always some sick beats playing in the background). What puts the P2P so high on our list is our collective memories of late nights zooming through Chapel Hill, praying we wouldn’t fly out of our seats.
U (and its partner in crime, the RU):
The poster child of Chapel Hill Transit. What would we do without her? We have so many fond memories of catching a ride to Franklin Street on the weekends to pick up snacks at Target. Of running to catch the bus to class from our dorms on South Campus as first-years. Life will never be that good or that simple again.
The NS is a MUST if you live anywhere off of MLK. Don’t want to walk up that unreasonably long and steep hill to get to class? Then don’t! Sit back, relax in CHT’s somewhat comfortable seats and let the NS take you there instead.