Seeking Short Range Transit Plan Input in Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill Transit Service Alert:  Chapel Hill Transit Seeks Public Input on Short Range Transit Plan

The Chapel Hill Transit service area is continuing to grow and how people get around is changing. Building on past planning work, Chapel Hill Transit is conducting a Short-Range Transit Plan (SRTP) that will service as a roadmap for the next 10 years and position the system for continued future success.  This plan is being developed in coordination with similar short range transit planning efforts being undertaken by Orange Public Transportation and GoTriangle.

What can Chapel Hill Transit do to better meet your transit needs?

  • More frequent service
  • Service in new areas
  • Service at earlier and/or later times
  • More service on weekends
  • More service to/from areas outside of Chapel Hill?
  • Faster connections
  • Enhanced bus stop amenities

You’re Invited!  To provide feedback, Chapel Hill Transit invites you to attend one of the following Community Meetings to kick off the plan:

Monday, September 25 – 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

  • Carrboro Town Hall
  • 301 West Main Street
  • Carrboro, NC 27510

 Served by CW Route

Tuesday, September 26 – 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

  • Chapel Hill Town Hall – HRD Training Room 2nd Floor
  • 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27514

  Served by A, G, N, NS and T Routes

 

Thursday, September 28 – 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

  • UNC Hospitals — Children’s Hospital Lobby

  Served by most CHT Routes

 

Thursday, September 28 – 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

  • UNC Campus – Student Union
  • Outdoor Plaza

   Served by most CHT Routes

Additional input opportunities will be announced as the planning effort continues. We want you to tell us how Chapel Hill Transit can make your life easier and serve you better. At these meetings, you will have an opportunity to learn about transit trends and discuss your transit needs. View exhibits, discuss transit options and issues with the staff, and complete a survey to help shape the future of transit for the area. If you are unable to attend in person, complete a five-minute, interactive survey at http://chapelhillsurvey.com/. For more information, contact Chapel Hill Transit at (919) 485-7433.

Interested persons unable to attend the Community Meetings may submit comments by any of the following methods:

  1. Email to chtransit@townofchapelhill.org
  2. Call (919) 485-7433 and press 1 for customer service
  3. Mail to 6900 Millhouse Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-8175, Attn: Public InputAll comments received by 5:00 p.m. on October 6, 2017, will become part of the official public forum record and will be considered by Chapel Hill Transit.

Sept 21- Try Transit, Fare Free Day!

Chapel Hill Transit

  • Chapel Hill Transit continues to provide free transit on all Chapel Hill Transit buses, and encourages people to check-out the Hillsborough 420 Route on Thursday, September  21 – Fare Free Day.  Go Chapel Hill!

GoCary

  • September 19, Kickoff – GoCary and GoTriangle staff will be at the Cary Depot, 211 N. Academy St., from 7-9 a.m. to answer questions and provide information about the transit systems, including route maps.
  • September 19, Cyclist Day ­– Free rides will be provided to GoCary passengers who travel with their bikes.
  • September 20, Seniors’ Day – Seniors registered for Door-to-Door services will receive a free round trip to the Raleigh Farmer’s Market from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sign-up sheets for the group trip and lunch will be available at the Cary Senior Center.
  • September 21, Fare Free Day – All six fixed routes and Door-to-Door Tier 1 services are fare free.
  • September 22, Driver Appreciation Day – GoCary management will select the Best Drivers of the Year for fixed route and Door-to-Door services.

GoDurham

  • 9/11 Transit Bingo Begins (info above)
  • 9/19 Popular Destinations Push – social, website
  • 9/21 Fare Free & Rider Appreciation Day
  • 9/21 Transit Bingo Ends
  • 9/22 Car Free Day

9/11 | Transit Bingo begins.

GoTriangle & GoDurham.  We’ll be giving away baseball caps for anyone who fills out 5 spaces down, across or diagonal and turns the card in. Cards can be picked up at RTC and Durham Station or downloaded at gotriangle.org/trytransit.

Details:

  • Runs between 9/11 – 9/21
  • Pick up cards at RTC or Durham Station or download at gotriangle.org/trytransit
  • Fill in 5 spaces across, down or diagonal – turn in at RTC or Durham Station – get a prize!
  • Prizes available beginning 9/18

9/21 | Fare Free Thursday & Rider Appreciation

Fare Free Day: GoTriangle & GoDurham will be fare free all day on Thursday, 9/21. This will be promoted heavily via social media and radio.

Rider Appreciation: On the same day as FARE FREE THURSDAY we are going to have teams at various locations (RTC and Durham Station minimum) handing out thank you gifts. We have tumblers to hand out to lucky passengers.

GoRaleigh

DATE: Sept. 18 – 22

  • Tuesday Sept. 19 – Cyclist Day / Bike on bus day – demos of how to put your bike on the bus.  Bicycle checks by bike shops, other freebies and info at GoRaleigh station
  • Wednesday Sept. 20 – Seniors Day – encouraging Seniors to get a fare free GoRaleigh ID at GoRaleigh Station
  • Thursday Sept. 21 – Fare Free Day – free rides and gift bags (some locations)
  • Friday Sept. 22 – Driver appreciation day

GoTriangle

  • 9/11 Transit Bingo Begins (info above)
  • 9/19 Popular Destinations Push – social, website
  • 9/21 Fare Free & Rider Appreciation Day
  • 9/21 Transit Bingo Ends
  • 9/22 Car Free Day

9/11 Transit Bingo Begins

GoTriangle & GoDurham.  We’ll be giving away baseball caps for anyone who fills out 5 spaces down, across or diagonal and turns the card in. Cards can be picked up at RTC and Durham Station or downloaded at gotriangle.org/trytransit.

Details:

  • Runs between 9/11 – 9/21
  • Pick up cards at RTC or Durham Station or download at gotriangle.org/trytransit
  • Fill in 5 spaces across, down or diagonal – turn in at RTC or Durham Station – get a prize!
  • Prizes available beginning 9/18

9/21 | Fare Free Thursday & Rider Appreciation

Fare Free Day: GoTriangle & GoDurham will be fare free all day on Thursday, 9/21. This will be promoted heavily via social media and radio.

Rider Appreciation: On the same day as FARE FREE THURSDAY we are going to have teams at various locations (RTC and Durham Station minimum) handing out thank you gifts. We have tumblers to hand out to lucky passengers.

Tour de Cove Bike Ride

About The Tour

Tour de Cove Bike Ride

Saturday, October 7th – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

LOCATION: Inside Out Sports in Cary at 2002 Grisdale Ln near the intersection of Cary Pkwy & James Jackson Ave.

9am for the 50 mile route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/24072714

10am for the 20 mile route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/24102011

10:30am for the 2.5 mile walk, which goes from James Jackson, right on Maynard Road, right on Old Weatherstone, right on Cary Parkway, right into Inside Out Sports parking lot.  NO STREET CROSSINGS !

Other activities will include, a bike toss, a corn hole tournament, bike safety awareness with a kids bike rodeo, and Kids Corner

Upon the return of riders/walkers, opening ceremonies will begin with Mayor Harold Weinbrecht.  Danielle Land will sing the National Anthem.  There will be plenty of great food, beverages, beer and wine, thanks to local sponsors. Live music will be performed all day, with the “Lounge Doctors” in the morning and “One Way Back Band” beginning at 1:00. There will be a kids bike rodeo and other activities.

A Silent Auction will offer an array of desirable products and services such as: Weekend getaways, Sporting event tickets, Golf/Spa/massage certificates, DPAC and PNC tickets, and much more from our local community.

*Register for the Rides/walk BEFORE September 20 to guarantee your free t-shirt and a commemorative “pink for Lori” bracelet.

Event timeline:

7am – On-site registration opens

8am – Lounge Doctors perform on main stage

9am – 50 mile ride rolls out

10am – 20 mile ride rolls out

10:30am – 2.5 mile walk begins

12:30pm  –  Opening ceremony

1pm to 4pm – One Way Back Band; Kids Zone; Bike Toss; Corn Hole tournament; Food; Beer and Wine; Silent auction

1pm to 4pm –  Kids Rodeo with helmet fittings and fun activities on bikes

4pm Event concludes

Please join us for this wonderful cause, and help make this a day that Lori and her family will never forget!

September is National Preparedness Month

A situation that can pose a threat to the safety of you and your family may not give you adequate time to prepare. Make your plan now, and constantly revisit it to keep it fresh.

Three quick things to remember:

  1. who to call
  2. where to go
  3. what to pack

Customize Your Emergency Alerts

In order to put your plan in motion as quickly as possible, you have to receive timely emergency warnings. Sign up to receive OC Alerts, Orange County’s emergency alert system, which is customizable from the types of messages you receive to the devices on which you receive them. member.everbridge.net/index/453003085611768#/login

Resources

Ready.gov has resources available to help you prepare, from the mindset of preparedness to being ready to take action. North Carolina also has a portal with helpful preparedness tips at readync.org.

This year’s National Preparedness Month theme is “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.”

Week 1:  September 1-9  Make a Plan for Yourself, Family and Friends

Week 2:  September 10-16 Plan to Help Your Neighbor and Community Week 3:  September 17-23 Practice and Build Out Your Plans Week 4:  September 24-30  Get Involved! Be a part of Something Larger

Ready was launched by the Department of Homeland Security in February 2003 and is a national public service campaign designed to educate and empower the American people to prepare for, respond to and mitigate emergencies, including natural and man-made disasters.

Careful As You Travel

Be mindful of what the road conditions are and avoid travel unless necessary- falling trees and power lines could be hazardous along with flooded roads.  If travel becomes necessary, listen to news of transit systems, road conditions and be sure to have bright clothing and flashing lights on if walking or cycling.

Stay Connected

The Town of Chapel Hill provides information about services during emergencies on its website, townofchapelhill.org. Follow the Town’s social media accounts for updates: Twitter – @ChapelHillGov@ChapelHillEM@ChapelHillFD, and @ChapelHillPDFacebook.com/ChapelHillGov; and Instagram – ChapelHillGov. We’re Keeping an Eye on Hurricane Irma

The National Weather Service continues to monitor the tropical system in the Atlantic Ocean towards Haiti and the Dominican Republic. It is still too early to tell the specifics of the effect Hurricane Irma will have on the mainland United States.

The Town of Chapel Hill will continue to monitor the forecasts and will share details if the storm poses a threat.