Chapel Hill 1819/2019: 45 Years of Chapel Hill Transit

It has been 45 years since Chapel Hill Transit began providing transportation to the public under the stewardship of former Mayor Howard Lee and in partnership with UNC-Chapel Hill.  On Wednesday, Sept. 4, at the Chapel Hill Public Library the first of several celebrations kicked off CHT’s 45th.

To celebrate the occasion, the Town of Chapel Hill and Chapel Hill Transit hosted a 45th anniversary celebration with an amazing lineup of speakers that included Mayor Lee, who is largely responsible for starting the transit system. 

The next celebration is planned for Friday, September 27th on Franklin Street at the transit stop near Carolina Coffee from 10 a.m. – Noon with cake and birthday gifts for everyone!

The Town of Chapel Hill is celebrating “200 Hundred Years of Getting Better, Together” with a series of programs, projects, commemorations, and celebrations. Town and community partners will host events through the end of the year to celebrate the 200th birthday of our Town government.

“On November 20, 1819, the North Carolina General Assembly appointed the Town’s first Commissioners, establishing local government in Chapel Hill,” explained Mayor Pam Hemminger. “Now, 200 years later, it is exciting to look back through our history to recognize the people, places, and events that have shaped the community we are today.”  

To see what the current program offerings are, or to submit an idea for an event, visit the series website at www.chapelhill1819.org Find local government history at www.townofchapelhill.org/history

 

 

Special Film Showing: MOTHERLOAD – October 19

The Carrboro Bicycle Coalition, Bicycle Alliance of Chapel Hill, and NEXT are showing a film about the use of cargo bikes for transportation called MOTHERLOAD at the Carrboro ArtsCenter on Saturday, October 19. I saw the movie at the National Bike Summit last year, and I thought it was fun and thought-provoking. You can see a trailer for the movie here. We are going to have a family-friendly cruiser ride and a display of cargo bikes prior to the screening, which is at 6:30.

The ArtsCenter link is: https://artscenterlive.org/performance/motherload/ and the FB event is https://www.facebook.com/events/2329178367321596/.

Emergency – Getting Home

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In cases of emergency, seen or unforeseen, an advance plan can be helpful for fast thinking.  There are a number of ways to be prepared in advance, as much a possible.  Some steps that can be taken follow.  Call 911 when an immediate emergency needs attention specifically for you.

Emergency Ride Home:  Register for the Emergency Ride Home program that provides a no charge taxi ride home if you have taken alternative transportation to work.  https://gotriangle.org/erh

ReadyNC:  Get the ReadyNC app for your phone and tablets or find information on the up to date website.  https://readync.org/EN/Index.html

OC Alerts:  Become part of the Orange County Alert system.  Simply sign up and receive emergency notifications.  https://member.everbridge.net/index/453003085611768#/login

Ready Orange:  Find information specific to Orange County, NC regarding immediate concerns in the area.  http://www.orangecountync.gov/departments/emergency_services/disaster_emergency_preparedness.php

Town of Chapel Hill:  The Town of Chapel Hill’s website has immediate information regarding emergencies in the area.  https://www.townofchapelhill.org/

Media:  Listen to local radio and television stations for updates.  The Town of Chapel Hill has a selection of social media accounts that will keep you up to date on current conditions.

Chapel Hill Transit:  Stay tuned to the Chapel Hill Transit websites for latest bus route changes, additions or closings.  https://www.townofchapelhill.org/town-hall/departments-services/transit/inclement-weather

Go Triangle Emergency Preparedness:  Go Triangle is a resource with good information for being prepared in times of emergencies.  Go Triangle Emergency Preparedness

Getting Around the Region – Traveling Outside of Chapel Hill – provided by Chapel Hill Transit

GoSmart provides options for getting around the Triangle region in North Carolina. Transit. Rideshare. Bike. Walk. Telework. No matter where in the region (Durham, Orange and Wake Counties), they’ve got information and resources for you.

GoTriangle provides regional public transportation service to Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, RDU Airport, Cary, Apex, Hillsborough, and Wake Forest with connections to Chapel Hill Transit, Durham Area Transit Authority and Capital Area Transit in Raleigh.

GoDurham provides fixed route and demand responsive service throughout the City of Durham with connections to GoTriangle.

Duke Transit provides bus service throughout the Duke University campus and health system in Durham.

GoRaleigh provides fixed route and demand responsive service throughout the City of Raleigh with connections to GoTriangle.

Wolfline provides bus service on and around the campus of NC State University in Raleigh.

Orange County Public Transportation, operating as the Orange Bus, provides a variety of public transportation services to the citizens of rural Orange County.

Chatham Transit Network offers public transportation around Chatham County, in the towns of Siler City and Pittsboro, to Chapel Hill and back, and to medical appointments.

Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (PART) provides regional transportation services for Guilford, Forsyth, Davidson, Alamance, Randolph, and Rockingham Counties.

Amtrak provides interstate rail service to locations throughout the east coast from stations in nearby Durham, Cary, and Raleigh.

MegaBus provides daily express bus service from downtown Durham to Washington, D.C., Richmond, VA, and Charlotte, NC.