When coming to UNC, students have the option to utilize Chapel Hill's free public transit system, ride the P2P or walk and bike in local greenways to get around.
Whether you're planning your route to class or making your way to Franklin Street, there are many different ways to navigate the campus and local community. Here is what you need to know to get around UNC's campus, Chapel Hill and Carrboro.
Chapel Hill Transit
The second largest transit system in North Carolina, Chapel Hill Transit offers 31 fare-free bus routes operating on weekends and weekdays.
CHT operates Monday through Friday from 5:00 a.m. to 1:15 a.m., Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., with the exception of University breaks and most holidays.
Free public transit is something that the town wants to offer equally and accessibly, Emily Powell, CHT community outreach manager, said.
“Everybody has the right to get to where they need to go,” she said. “And we don't want transportation to be the reason that you can't get to work, or you can't get to the grocery store or you can't get to your education.”
CHT also offers EZ-Rider, an on demand, origin-to-destination service for those who have a documented disability that prevents them from using the fixed route services. EZ-Rider is available on a reservation basis on the Town of Chapel Hill's website.
As of March 2023, all CHT buses have been updated with tracking technology to streamline their use. Users can download the NextBus or TransLoc apps for information about nearby bus stops, routes and real-time updates on departure and arrival times. NextBus can also direct users to walking directions, setting alerts and agency information.