Input Invited – Future Transportation Analysis for Blue Hill (Ephesus-Fordham) District!

Beyond vehicles and roadways, this traffic study assesses public transit, cycling, walking and driving. Learn more and provide your input.

The public input session is scheduled for 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, in meeting room A of the Chapel Hill Public Library. The session will provide an overview of the study, and opportunity for public input and questions.

The public is invited to provide input on a multi-modal transportation impact analysis for the Blue Hill (Ephesus-Fordham) District for 2030 future year conditions. The study is part of the Town of Chapel Hill’s focus to mitigate traffic and create greater opportunities for walkability and connectivity in the area. The four corridors involved in the analysis are:

  • US 15-501 (Fordham Boulevard) from Estes Drive to Erwin Road/Europa Drive
  • Ephesus Church Road/Eastgate Crossing from E. Franklin Street to Frances Street
  • Elliott Road from Old Oxford Road/Velma Street to US 15-501 (Fordham Boulevard)
  • E. Franklin Street from Estes Drive to US 15-501 (Fordham Boulevard) interchange

Background The Ephesus Fordham Area – newly named Blue Hill — became a new zoning district in July 2014. The Town of Chapel Hill’s goal is to renew and transform an area characterized by strip malls, parking lots, confusing roadways and traffic congestion. The area includes some of Chapel Hill’s older, suburban style shopping centers — including Eastgate Shopping Center, built in 1958; Village Plaza, built in 1974; and Rams Plaza, built in 1982.

2011 TIA – A Traffic Impact Analysis was completed for the Ephesus-Fordham District in 2011.  The community expressed an interest in a revised analysis that expands the study area and includes an assessment of all modes of transportation (transit, cycling, walking and driving).

Revised TIA 2016 – In fall 2016, the Town retained services of a qualified consulting firm for the preparation of a Multi-Modal Transportation Impact Analysis (TIA) for the EF Area. At the first public information meeting held on Oct. 12, 2016, Town staff presented an overview of the project, study area, timeline and TIA scope (E-F TIA Scope).

A second public information meeting was held on Feb. 14, 2017, when staff presented study results and methodology for 2016 existing conditions analyses to include data collection processes, traffic model development, vehicular operations, transit, and pedestrian/bicycle networks.

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Contact

Traffic Engineering Manager Kumar Neppalli at kneppalli@townofchapelhill.org or 919-969-5093

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.