Add Your Comments to the Durham and Orange Counties’ Transit Plans

Mangum-Pettigrew-prop-draft-03An Amtrak station in Hillsborough, expanded bus service in Chapel Hill and Durham, and a 17.7-mile light rail project connecting major destinations in Durham and Orange counties are just a few transit proposals that residents can address in a comment period this month.

Durham and Orange counties, the Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization (DCHC), and GoTriangle have updated the counties’ transit plans at the request of the Federal Transit Administration and are seeking public comment until April 21. A series of public workshops on the plans begins Monday in both counties.  Find the plans online at ourtransitfuture.com/plans. Continue reading

Random Acts of Kindness on the Bus

2005358How far do transit drivers go for their customers?

Transit drivers cover an average of 163 miles on an average weekday. Paratransit operators—those who help transport people with disabilities—cover an average of 146 miles on weekdays. To serve customers at peak travel periods, operators report as early as 5 a.m. on weekdays to work and leave as late as midnight, depending on their shift.

As they ride the bus, many of our customers have told us their transit drivers take the time to help with acts of kindness that go way beyond their jobs. As we celebrate Bus Transit Appreciation Day we’re sharing a few of their comments and inviting you to send us your own on Facebook and Twitter as we celebrate Transit Driver Appreciation Day. Continue reading

7 Reasons to Consider a Telework Program

telework promoHappy Telework Week! Every year we like to celebrate the eco-friendly benefits of teleworking, how you can be a successful teleworker, and why employers should consider creating a telework program. To learn more about teleworking, check out our page: gotriangle.org/telework.

It’s a no-brainer that more teleworkers mean fewer people on the roads, reducing traffic and carbon emissions. But did you know that teleworkers are happier, more productive, and help save their employer a lot of money? Here are just seven of the many benefits of a telework program: Continue reading

Spring Break Escape? Catching the Bus to RDU Is Easy

new_bus_6_100routecroppedThinking of taking a plane for a spring getaway or to visit family and friends? There’s an easy way to get to RDU International Airport from West Raleigh and downtown Raleigh. Skip parking fees and get dropped directly at your airport terminal by hopping on the Route 100 bus, seven days a week for $2.25.

Students from North Carolina State University and Meredith College have another reason to celebrate as they leave campus for spring break flights! They can now climb aboard a Route 100 bus with no need to pay taxi fees to catch their planes. The bus runs every 30 minutes in peak hours and uses the Bus on Shoulder System (BOSS) system to stay on schedule. BOSS allows authorized transit buses with trained drivers to drive on the shoulders of selected freeways at low speeds to bypass congestion. Continue reading

Track Your Bus in Real Time with TransLoc Rider

When I was a college student, taking the bus often meant uncertainty and stress. I knew when my bus was supposed to arrive, but sometimes it ran behind schedule for reasons unknown to me. I’d sit in the cold, craning my neck to see if it was coming down the road while wondering if I would be late for class or to meet friends.

Fast forward to today when a new technology is putting control in the palm of the transit passenger. Transloc Rider—a free app that you can download from triangle.transloc.com, the Apple store or GooglePlay—lets you locate the bus stop and routes closest to you. You can then click on your stop to see your bus arrival time and even view your bus as it moves in real time. Continue reading