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

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

Valentine’s Dining Delights Accessible by Bus

 

Brightleaf Square

Brightleaf Square (Photo courtesy of Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau)

Romance your Valentine by heading out by bus to dine in downtown Raleigh and Durham! The time you save looking for parking, you could be gazing into your loved one’s eyes or feasting on culinary delights! Check out these Valentine’s Day dining destinations and prix fixe menus.

 

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Play More | #NewYearNewCommute

Durham Farmers' Market

Durham Farmers’ Market (Photo courtesy of Stewart Waller / Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau)

Find yourself rushing from work to home or school and back with little “you” time? What if this year you resolved to put more play in your life while exploring fun things to do and see right here in the Triangle?

Hopping on the Bull City Connector—a fare-free ride—offers a chance to see Durham like a tourist as the bus stops at major attractions, and many are free to visit.
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Friendships | #NewYearNewCommute

friendships-1If your New Year’s resolution is to find time to build relationships, your ticket to success could be finding a new way to commute with others. GoTriangle’s #NewYearNewCommute campaign is helping many local residents chart new routes to togetherness.

Whether you’re traveling to work or school, check out how you can turn time on the road into closer connections with friends and family as these local folks did: Continue reading