The Towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro both offer a variety of free transportation options, including greenways, bike lanes and the Chapel Hill Transit bus system.
Chapel Hill Transit provides fixed-route and demand-response bus services throughout the two towns while simultaneously operating longer routes within the Triangle area.
In January and February of last year, the ETC Institute administered a survey to Chapel Hill residents and 429 households responded. The responses were used to help the Town establish budget priorities and refine policy decisions. Chapel Hill Transit was ranked sixth out of 13 in a poll on which initiatives should receive the most support from the Town.
Sixty-eight percent of survey respondents reported they were "satisfied" or "very satisfied" with Chapel Hill Transit, according to the survey.
Katie Whittington, a UNC sophomore, said she is fairly satisfied with the bus system. Although, she added that it would be more convenient if the buses were consistently on time.
“You just kind of have to show up around the time it gets there and hope,” Whittington said. “I live really far away from campus, so I take the bus every day. So, it's really nice I can rely on it to always come, but it would be nicer if it was on time.”
David Kekejian, a postdoctoral research associate at UNC, said he is satisfied but mentioned the lack of nighttime buses.
“The only reason I would not give it 'entirely very satisfied' is because the night buses basically don't exist — what I mean is after 8 p.m., there's no buses,” Kekejian said. “I know there are Safe Rides, but that's very late and it's only for three days a week.”