60 Days – Chapel Hill Transit J Route to Detour Due to South Greensboro Street Closure Begins March 6

Chapel Hill Transit will implement a detour for the J route beginning on Monday, March 6, 2017, due to the closure of South Greensboro Street. South Greensboro Street will be closed from Main Street to Merritt Mill Road due to a drainage upgrade project. During this time, the J route will be detoured along Main Street, Jones Ferry Road to NC Hwy 54. The project is expected to last for approximately sixty (60) days.
Closed Stops: South Greensboro Street at Municipal Park (#3144) and South Greensboro Street at Trailer Park (#3466)
Alternate Stops: West Main Street at IFC (Temporary Stop), Jones Ferry Road at Chapel Hill Tire (Temporary Stop), Jones Ferry Road at Bim (Temporary Stop), Jones Ferry at OWASA (Temporary Stop), Jones Ferry Road at Alabama Avenue (#3631), and NC 54 East at Westbrook Dr. (#3458), NC 54 East at Canterbury Apts. (#3457).
The detour and stop closures will be in-place until further notice.
Chapel Hill Transit will make every attempt to maintain normal schedules, but is advising customers to expect delays and allow extra travel time due to these detours. The detours and any delays will also impact Next¬Bus predictions for the routes.
Chapel Hill Transit is the public transportation provider that serves Chapel Hill, Carrboro and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For complete information about Chapel Hill Transit services, schedules, route changes or directions to the nearest CHT stop visit us at http://www.chtransit.org, email chtransit@townofchapelhill.org or call a customer service representative at 919-485-7433.

Light Rail Station Area Planning Meetings in Chapel Hill Feb 22 – Feb 27

Light Rail Planning Meetings    (News Release from GoTriangle)

Research Triangle Park, NC (February 16, 2017) – GoTriangle is collaborating with the Town of Chapel Hill and the City of Durham on a series of workshops designed to help develop plans for areas near stations of the Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project (D-O LRT).

From February 22 through February 27, a team of nationally recognized experts will be working with local government staffers and the public to create land-use plans for light rail stations for consideration by the Chapel Hill Town Council. These efforts started on February 13 with a preview to the Council, and will continue on February 22 with an opening presentation to the community at the Chapel Hill Public Library.

“As work on the Light Rail Project moves forward, the Town of Chapel Hill wants to maximize the benefits of any investment and make sure it supports the goals of the community’s 2020 Plan, said Ben Hitchings, Chapel Hill’s Director of Planning and Development.”

The proposed D-O LRT station areas that are being evaluated are UNC Hospitals, Mason Farm Road, Hamilton Road, Friday Center Drive, Woodmont, Gateway, and Patterson Place. The Patterson Place station is in Durham with that workshop taking place in collaboration with the City of Durham’s ongoing efforts at station-area planning.

During the week, there will be several opportunities for citizens to “check in.” At these meetings, the public will be able to see the progress made by the project team, give input on the preliminary plans, and provide other suggestions.

To accommodate peoples’ different schedules, community check-ins will be held at different times of the day, during weekdays and weekends. (Please see below for the full list of upcoming events).

“This is a great opportunity for residents to come share what they would like to see in their community’s future. Everybody is welcome.” said Patrick McDonough, Manager of Planning for GoTriangle.

On Monday February 27, at 6 P.M. there will be a community open house in the lobby of the Chapel Hill Town Hall, where project staff will be available to answer questions. The initiative will close with a presentation at 7 pm in the Chapel Hill Town Hall Council Chambers.

Additional meetings to address other stations in Durham will be held later in the year.

The public can provide input on the web at http://gotriangle.org/neighborhoods. The website will be updated each day with information about the project team’s progress and comments from other website visitors.

For more information, contact Mike Charbonneau at 919-485-7413 or Brad Schulz at 919-485-7434.

Chapel Hill Community Opening Presentation for D-O LRT Station Area Workshops
Wednesday, February 22 6:30 P.M.
Chapel Hill Public Library, Meeting Room B
100 Library Dr.

Chapel Hill Station Area Workshop Community Check-In
Thursday, February 23 6 P.M.
Franklin Hotel Ballroom
311 W. Franklin St.

Chapel Hill Station Area Workshop Community Check-In
Saturday, Feb. 25 Noon
Franklin Hotel Ballroom
311 W. Franklin St.

Chapel Hill Community Open House (to review workshop results)
Monday, Feb. 27 6 P.M.
Chapel Hill Town Hall, Council Chambers Lobby
405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Chapel Hill Community Closing Presentation for D-O LRT Station Area Workshops
Monday, Feb. 27 7 P.M.
Chapel Hill Town Hall, Council Chambers
405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

About the Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit (D-O LRT) Project

The D-O LRT Project is vital transportation infrastructure that will support 23,000 passenger trips per day by 2040 along the 17.7-mile alignment; provide an alternative to sitting in traffic; connect to local and regional bus service, which enhances mobility for more people, including those without access to a car; complement local plans to focus compact development; manage and channel future growth at station areas; and support and promote economic development.

This station-area planning effort is funded through a $2.1 million competitive grant from the Federal Transit Administration awarded to GoTriangle, the Town of Chapel Hill, the City of Durham, and the Triangle J Council of Governments. The goal of the station-area planning effort is to assist the Town of Chapel Hill and City of Durham to develop station-area plans that best meet the community’s goals for compact, equitable, sustainable development that can be accessed by transit, walking, biking and automobile.

GoTriangle offers safe, reliable, and easy-to-use travel choices including bus, bike, walking, carpool, and vanpool.

Go Chapel Hill Tea & Tales

Go Chapel Hill is hosting a series of Tea & Tales events at various locations around the Town.  Come tell your tale of loving or finding challenge in commute alternative choices!

The events will include personal assistance on helping to find someone’s best options for getting to and from work without a car.  Also offered will be information in general on the region’s various transit systems, Share the Ride NC, Emergency Ride Home and Go Perks programs!  Great giveaways will include warm winter gloves for cell phone use, bicycle bottle opener key chains, Chapel Hill Bike/Ped maps and much more.

If unable to find an event, check out Share the Ride NC at http://www.STRNC.org with information on rideshare as well as Go Perks full of monthly prize drawings JUST FOR LEAVING YOUR CAR AT HOME!!!

For more information email mcone@townofchapelhill.org!

Weather Can Be Tricky When Out & About!

Transit Schedules:  Be careful to watch the weather as you move about Chapel Hill.  In order to operate more safely, Chapel Hill Transit schedules are subject to change according to weather conditions.  Check for any transit schedule changes when unusual weather approaches. Transit schedules can also vary for Go Triangle and other transit systems, so always check in advance when planning transit trips.

Clothing:  If wearing dark clothing (or in the case of snow white clothing), then remember that it is easy to blend in to the point that motorists might not notice a walker or cyclist.  The brighter the color of clothing the better for best visibility.  Also layering is a good idea when dealing with temperatures that go up and down at different times of day.  And of course, waterproof footwear is always a good idea for melting snows and rain showers.  Don’t forget the umbrella or other rain gear as well!

Lights, Bells, Horns & Whistles:  NC Law requires on bicycles in dark times of day, white lights on the front of a bike and red flashing lights on the back.  Adding more lights is even better for higher visibility (whether walking or cycling).  If you have a bell, horn or whistle, it is great for when a sudden vehicle change occurs and they might not see you but could possibly hear you- when possible bring attention to yourself with motorist when walking or cycling.

Snow! Chapel Hill Transit to Suspend Service on Friday, January 6, 2017 at 9:00 p.m.

Due to anticipated winter weather conditions (sleet, snow, ice and/or freezing rain) Chapel Hill Transit will suspend service as of 9:00 p.m. on Friday, January 6, 2017, in the interest of safety. Fixed Route services and EZ Rider services WILL NOT operate after 9:00 p.m. on Friday, January 6, 2017:

  • CM Route will end at 8:50 p.m. at Pittsboro Street Credit Union
  • CW Route will end at 8:59 p.m. at Jones Ferry Park and Ride
  • D Route will end at 8:59 p.m. at Varsity Theater
  • F Route will end at 8:45 p.m. at Colony Woods
  • HU Route will end at 8:43 p.m. at Hedrick Building  
  • J Route will end at 8:56 p.m. at Rock Creek
  • NS route will end at 8:48 p.m. at Eubanks Park and Ride

 

Chapel Hill Transit is committed to announcing any decision to change services promptly to give customers as much lead time as possible to plan accordingly. We apologize for the inconvenience, but safety is our highest priority.

Chapel Hill Transit staff will monitor conditions throughout the evening and morning and will provide an update on Saturday, January 7, 2017 services as soon as possible.

Where to Get Service Information: