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

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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A Congressional Visit | D-O LRT

photo-feb-06-9-50-11-amOn Monday, February 6, Congressman David Price and Congressman G. K. Butterfield took a bus tour along the proposed route of the Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit (D-O LRT) project.

The tour ended with a news conference at North Carolina Central University (NCCU), a recent stop addition to D-O LRT, making it a 17.7-mile project with 18 stops.  Continue reading

GoTogether: The Exploris School

4-exploris-emissionsThe Exploris School is a charter school in downtown Raleigh and one of the first model STEM schools in North Carolina. With no bus services available for their students, they encourage parents to carpool or students to take the bus. These alternative options not only reduce carbon emissions but have encouraged independence in students.

Summer Clayton, executive director of The Exploris School, says, “We never want transportation to be a barrier for students that are able to get to Exploris and attend our school.” Continue reading

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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Students Win Big | #NewYearNewCommute

Are you a college student in the Triangle area? Did you know you could win a $50 Visa gift card for tracking a bus trip? To celebrate #NewYearNewCommute, we are offering gift cards to students who try out trip-tracking on STRNC. It’s simple: register at ShareTheRideNC.org and track a trip in the STRNC Commute Calendar.

nync-studentsHow do I get started? Find a trip you can track. A smart travel choice includes riding the bus, carpooling, biking, or walking. So whether you are just trying to get to class or want to get out of town, you have options: Continue reading