Carrboro Now Has Express Bus Service to Durham! Here’s How to Use It

This blog post originally appeared on Patrick McDonough’s CityBeautiful21 blog. McDonough is GoTriangle’s Manager of Planning and Transit Oriented Development.

IMG_0275Monday, August 8th was an exciting day – for the first time ever, we now have direct regional bus service to and from Downtown Carrboro!  GoTriangle Route 405, which currently runs between Chapel Hill and Durham, will be extended into Carrboro and will provide service during rush hour between Carrboro and Durham.  A big crowd was on hand Monday morning to greet the new buses. Here are the key things to know about the new Route 405: Continue reading

Two Link Tuesday: April 5, 2016

carrboroHappy April! Here are two things you should know this week in transit!

1. Carrboro Open Streets Is Sunday Facebook

The Carrboro Open Streets event encourages community building through a variety of activities. People are invited to Weaver Street on Sunday, April 10th, from 12 to 4pm to dance, do yoga, ride their bikes, climb a rock wall, make smoothies on a bike blender, and participate in many other activities in an unexpected public space for recreation.

2. Today is #NationalReadARoadMapDay – Twitter

We think maps are pretty cool. But we are partial to ones with bus routes on them! Couldn’t help celebrating today on social media! Be sure to share your favorite route with us on Twitter!


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Transit Thursday: Do It Like the Russians Do

Russian cyclist stands next to his road bike.

Today’s blog post is basically a hats-off salute to a group of cyclists that are really taking their riding to the next level: Russians. That’s right. In Moscow, a city with some of the worst traffic in the world where your hands will definitely go numb and snot will definitely freeze on your face, ridership keeps going up.

Why?

A cycling group named Velonotte is mixing biking, culture, history, and community to create a movement on two wheels.

One ride drew in 5,000 riders wearing headphones and listening to an audio track about the historical locations they’d be passing. Other events have amassed up to 10,000 riders. It’s a beautiful mixture of all the different reasons people choose to hop on their bikes: exercise, entertainment, community, travel, and more.

The founders of Velonotte are using cycling culture to change the young, urban perception of everything from architecture to individual expression in Moscow. “People still need to show that they have a lot of money with a car and an iPhone… we are trying to change that opinion.” Creating this cycling community is not only powerful in its social effects in the young, urban population but also in its potential to change the face of public transit in Moscow.

Though the Triangle is undoubtedly more bike-friendly than Russia, we think cycling get-togethers could absolutely benefit the area. Creating better community among riders, getting people on their bikes and on the roads for the first time, and fostering a greater appreciation for the cities we live in seem like great reasons to encourage groups like this in the Triangle.

Lucky for you, we already know how to find some group rides near you. Benelux Cafe in Raleigh has a weekly Tuesday night ride and the ReCYCLEry in Carrboro has the scoop on biking events in the area.

What would convince you to join in group rides in the Triangle? Are there any historical or interesting sites you think would deserve to be included?

Share your thoughts in the comments!

 

#TransitThursday: Sustainable Travel Heroes Needed!

 

I talk about the bus a lot, y’all. At public events where I’m repping DATA, Triangle Transit, or GoTriangle, sure, but I’ve been known to work in a plug for public transit in some pretty odd moments, i.e. while being sedated during a medical procedure.

You know what, though? I’m not the only one who has a lot to say about my chosen smart commute. I spoke to a woman at a National Night Out event on Tuesday who loves Triangle Transit, and there are lots more people like her who stop by my table at events around the Triangle to tell me how they’ve figured out how to save money and their sanity by using the bus, biking, walking, or sharing their ride via a vanpool or carpool. Do you know someone like that? Are you somebody like that? Tell us about it– the 2014 Golden Modes nominations are open!

Each year we reward those individuals, employers and organizations that are committed to promoting sustainable transportation, improving our environment and reducing tra­ffic. Please take a few minutes to nominate an individual or company to let them know their dedication to smart commuting is appreciated – you can even nominate yourself! Just use the links below to complete our short nomination form or visit www.gotriangle.org/go-info/golden-modes. Winners will be recognized at the 2014 Golden Modes Award Ceremony in RTP on November 13th.   Continue reading

Best Bets by Bus – Halloween Edition

Happy Halloween! You know what’s scarier than flesh-eating ghouls and goblins? Contributing to poor air quality and traffic congestion by driving everywhere you go. Lucky for you, we’ve compiled a list of some spooky transit-accessible events happening in the Triangle this weekend and on Monday. Click on the links below each listing to plan your bus trip. Check the date and time and plug in your address, and you’ll be on your way in no time. Remember, children 12 and under ride free. Check this page for more information on fares and passes.

Be safe and have a great weekend!

CARRBORO
2011 Carrboro Halloween Carnival
Monday, October 31 | 6-8:30pm
Enjoy carnival games such as the Bean Bag Toss, Ring the Magic Mountain, Duck Pond, and more with wickedly good prizes. Drinks and popcorn concessions available.
FREE
Plan your trip by bus.

CHAPEL HILL
‘Scare-o-lina Skies
Saturday, October 29 | 7pm
The Morehead Planetarium and Science Center explores the darker legends behind the constellations. Shows will be at 7pm and 8:30pm. the milder version Scare-o-lina Skies: Family Edition is October 30. Regular ticket prices apply for both versions. Website (919) 962-1236
Adults $7.25 Chldren $6
 Plan your trip by bus.

DURHAM
Durham Zombie Lurch
Saturday, October 29 | 5pm
The lurch will starts at the parking lot across from Piedmont restaurant on Foster St. The route is shorter this year and will wrap up at Motorco, just 2 blocks from the start.
FREE
Plan your trip by bus.

HALLOW-ENO
West Point on the Eno Durham Parks & Recreation
Monday, October 31 | 6-9pm
A safe family-friendly Halloween celebration, featuring Trick or Treat at the Mangum House, hands-on creative activities led by the Scrap Exchange, face painting, campfire stories and songs, NC Scary and Silly Tales performed by members of the YPPT Company, and hayrides. Bring your flashlight and your imagination.  All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.  For information, call 919-471-1623 (option 1).
FREE
Plan your trip by bus.

RALEIGH
Haunted Trolley Tours
10/28, 29th 6:00, 7:30, 9:00
Jump aboard the haunted trolley as it does a tour around Raleigh’s Most Haunted Places. Reservations needed. Sign up through RecLink. $10
Plan your trip by bus.

Haunted Mordecai Festival
Saturday, October 29 | 5-10 p.m.
Halloween-themed food, music, games & crafts; kids’ costume contest at 6 pm.
Register at 919-857-4364 or at RecLink
Lantern tours are $5 but general admission is FREE
Plan your trip by bus.

Kooky Spooky Halloween Party at Marbles!
Saturday, October 29 | 6pm-9pm
Come in costume and see the not-so-scary side of Marbles like the phantom pirate ship, mommies wrapped like mummies, secrets in the pumpkin patch and much more! Don’t miss an evening full of silly surprises and tasty treats!
Space is limited; pre-registration is recommended.
$8 for members, $10 for non-members
Plan your trip by bus.