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Post Date:08/03/2017 9:13 AM
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Up Front


Registration for fall Parks & Rec programs begins soon!


Residents of Chapel Hill and Orange County may register for Parks and Rec programs starting on Monday, Aug. 7. Non-residents may register starting on Aug. 14. Read more.

From Town Hall

Town-Sponsored Events

Town Services


Public Safety News





Up Front




TOWNweek has been posted!





Things to do in Chapel Hill

Feature from the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau


Opening Exhibit at the Horace Williams House: Chapel Hill Historic Districts

2-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6

Horace Williams House, 610 East Rosemary Street Chapel Hill (919) 942-7818 

What are the seven districts in Chapel Hill? What is the difference between the National Register District and a Local Historic District and why do we care? What is a National Historic Landmark and how many to we have in NC or Chapel Hill? How many individual properties are on the National Register and what are they? Did you know that the National Register district for Franklin-Rosemary was doubled in 2015? 




Dog walker in rose garden 

Town in News

Town in News – TIN Report – is a sampling of news media coverage about the Town of Chapel Hill compiled by the Communications and Public Affairs Department. This listing includes articles and columns that are available on the web, and may not necessarily contain all stories in the print edition of the papers or on televised broadcasts.

Links access online stories that are posted for a limited time. Some media organizations require registration or a subscription.

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Lease Agreement Reached for Prospective Police Station Site (

The Town of Chapel Hill is one step closer to building a new police station on land owned by UNC. Read more:


Chapel Hill Sees Spike in Larcenies (

Chapel Hill has seen an increase in reported larcenies this month according to Police Chief Chris Blue. Read more:


GoTriangle says ‘medium’ is good news for Durham-Orange light rail line (The Herald-Sun)

GoTriangle officials say a “medium” rating from the federal government is a good sign for the $2.47 billion Durham-Orange Light-Rail Transit project. Read more:


Durham-Orange transit gets a green light (The Herald-Sun)

The proposed Durham-Orange light-rail transit may eventually move people across the western Triangle at high speed, but getting there is a slow and tedious process always in danger of being blocked by a change in federal policy or priorities. Read more:


Police and Community Come Together Tonight for National Night Out (

Tonight (Aug. 1) is the 34 Annual National Night Out. Read more:


Durham-Orange light rail one step closer to $1.2B in federal dollars (The Herald-Sun)

Questions about whether federal budget discussions would halt the $2.47 billion Durham-Orange light-rail transit project were answered Friday. Read more:





From Town Hall




Open House: Draft Mobility and Connectivity Plan

Do you walk, bike, run, or ride the bus around Chapel Hill? The Town of Chapel Hill wants your feedback on the draft recommendations of the Mobility and Connectivity Plan!

The Open House Session for the Draft Mobility and Connectivity Plan will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 15 in the first floor lobby of Chapel Hill Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Drop in anytime between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The open house is drop-in style with no formal presentation. Staff will be available to discuss maps and materials during the open house.

About the Plan

In 2016, the Town of Chapel Hill Planning and Development Services Department initiated this planning effort in consultation with Stewart Inc., an engineering, design and planning firm located in Raleigh, Durham and Charlotte. 

The Mobility and Connectivity Plan outlines the steps necessary for Chapel Hill to become a community where bicycling, walking, and taking transit are safe and convenient everyday choices. The draft plan is an overall network exercise looking at bicycle, pedestrian, and greenway connectivity, along with transit stop access, throughout the Town. It includes a prioritized list of both short- and long-term projects to improve non-motorized transportation opportunities in Chapel Hill. The Mobility Plan will complement and expand upon existing adopted plans including the Chapel Hill Bike Plan (2014), and the Greenways Master Plan (2013).   

Next Steps

The next several months will involve advisory board review of the draft plan. The plan will be considered for adoption by the Chapel Hill Town Council in October.

For more information, contact Bergen Watterson, Transportation Planning Manager, at 919-969-5064 or

The full draft of the Mobility and Connectivity Plan can be found at





Town-Sponsored Events




Farmers Market at Cedar Falls Park

thanks to Marin Lissy, age 12

A new seasonal farmer’s market is coming to Cedar Falls Park, 501 Weaver Dairy Road, on Sundays.

Local farmers will sell produce from 4 to 6 p.m. Sundays beginning July 16 through Aug. 13.

Organized by Produce for Parks, the market is a collaborative community effort aimed at increasing access to healthy food in the community and to support local farmers.

Founded by a 12-year-old Chapel Hill youth, Marin Lissy, the market is co-sponsored by the Town of Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation, and funded by the Junior League of Durham and Orange Counties. It is also supported by the Chapel Hill Farmer’s Market, Farmer Foodshare and several independent farms.

The mini-market is a trial initiative that provides another option for healthy eating to recreational park users and nearby residents of Cedar Falls Park. It combines recreation and fitness activities with access to healthy and local food choices.

According to Lissy’s website: “A park is a natural gathering place where people play and enjoy the outdoors. That means that we have a captive audience at and around the park to provide healthy food. We can also draw in people who live in the area. Cedar Falls Park is in an area that is considered a fresh food ‘food desert,’ meaning there is no grocery store within a one mile vicinity of the area.”

Learn more about the farmer’s market at or email





Tar Heel Downtown Brings the Spirit of Carolina!

Football season is here and it’s time to bring the Carolina game day spirit to the heart of downtown Chapel Hill! Come out and rev-up the season from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1 on the Plaza at 140 West, prior to the season opening game-day when the University of North Carolina Tar Heels take on the California Golden Bears.

Tar Heel Downtown is a pep rally atmosphere and fan experience on Franklin Street, with a live outdoor concert featuring the sweet southern sounds of Kasey Tyndall, interactive games for kids and families, face painting, and more. The UNC Marching Tar Heels, cheerleaders, and of course...Rameses will be there too!

Hosted by the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership, UNC Athletics and the Town of Chapel Hill, Tar Heel Downtown is a very special event to our community. UNC Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham says “Carolina Football Game Days are an opportunity for our community to come together and celebrate all that makes this Town and this University so special. Tar Heel Downtown will offer our students, alumni and fans a wonderful game day experience stretching all the way from Franklin Street to Kenan Stadium.”

As always, Chapel Hill is a bike and pedestrian friendly community and encourages everyone to cycle or walk whenever attending our great events. Find out more about this and other events by visiting  and!





Town Services




Registration for Fall Recreation Programs begins August 7

Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation has released a Fall Program Guide, available online at Patrons may browse recreation programs and register online for a range of activities from Music and Arts Classes for youth,Youth and Adult Basketball Leagues to Outdoor Adventure, one of our newest offerings.

New to this year’s line-up are a Sunset Paddle on Jordan Lake, an outdoor adventure program that teaches the fundamentals of kayaking and canoeing including safety, equipment, paddling technique, and trip planning.

RESIDENTS (persons living in or owning property in Orange County or Chapel Hill town limits) may register beginning 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 7; NON-RESIDENTS may register beginning 8:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 14.

After a successful launch of the first Rodeo on Rosemary in March 2017, Rodeo on Rosemary returns for a 2.0 version. A partnership between Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation Department, Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership and the Raleigh-Durham Mobile Food Association, Rodeo on Rosemary will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5.

Registration just got easier with our NEW On-line REGISTRATION SPLASH PAGE. Enjoy browsing programs with a simple and easy layout and search function. You can also rent picnic shelters, and connect with a host of other online resources.

To sign up, patrons will have to create an online WebTrac account at to register for classes or rent a picnic shelter. Patrons can also register in person at one of three recreation centers, Chapel Hill Community Center, Hargraves Community Center, the Homestead Aquatic Center, or drop in at our administrative offices at 200 Plant Road.

Click here for locations and contact information.

Our 20 page program guide is available for download at, or you can pick up a printed copy of your own at one of our recreation centers, aquatics centers, Town Hall and the Chapel Hill Public Library.

Quality of Town Parks and Recreation programs and facilities, ranked 4th in our community survey, as the community’s highest satisfaction with Town services. The quality of Chapel Hill Public Library services ranked #1, and quality of Public Safety ranked #2. The quality of services provided by the Town overall ranked #3.

For more info, log on to









Lane Closure: Franklin Street at Carolina Square

Timeline Update: Milling will take place Friday, Aug. 4. Paving and striping will take place Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 7 and 8.

Previously released: West Franklin Street, in front of the Carolina Square project site, will be reduced to one travel lane in either direction for resurfacing Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 2 and 3, and again Monday, Aug. 7, through Wednesday, Aug. 9, weather permitting. Work will take place between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Work on Aug. 2 and 3 will including milling the current road surface. Work on Aug. 7-9 will include the installation of signal loops, the final travel surface and striping.

Looking for more Traffic News?
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Do you walk, bike, run and wheel around Chapel Hill? The Town of Chapel Hill is busy with projects to improve your travel safety and convenience – including sidewalks, streets, trails and greenways, traffic calming and more. For more information, visit

And, for a weekly digest of all Town news, sign up for Chapel Hill eNews at or by sending a request to

Are you on Twitter? Follow @ChapelHillGov@ChapelHillPD and #CHTraffic for the latest traffic news.




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Tar Heel Express Shuttles to Meet the Heels on Saturday, Aug. 5

Chapel Hill Transit will provide Tar Heel Express shuttle service from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017, for Meet the Heels.  Shuttles will operate from Airport Drive (103 Airport Drive, Chapel Hill) and 725 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. (Chapel Hill).

The shuttles will provide continuous and fully accessible service, running every 10 minutes between the parking locations and downtown Chapel Hill (South Columbia Street and Franklin Street). Parking and shuttles will be FREE. The last shuttle will leave downtown Chapel Hill (South Columbia Street and Franklin Street) at 7:30 p.m.

View a map with locations of shuttle stops.

For additional information on Tar Heel Express, please visit Chapel Hill Transit's website at, email, or call a customer service representative at 919-485-7433.




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Chapel Hill Transit to Make August Service Adjustments

Service changes begin Monday, Aug. 14

Chapel Hill Transit will add more service as part of its August service adjustments to increase reliability, meet ridership demands and improve connections to employment and retail centers. The increased service is being funded by the Orange County Transit Plan, which has been providing funding for transit service improvements for Chapel Hill Transit since 2013. These changes will take effect on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017.

More Bus Service

  • CW Route: adding AM peak trips (7:40–9:20 a.m.), 20-minute frequency, to ease overcrowding and increase travel options to/from Downtown Carrboro. Route will also begin operating both directions along Poplar Avenue and Davie Road.
  • NS Route: extending all evening trips (8:20–10:50 p.m.) to serve Southern Village Park and Ride and increasing frequency to Eubanks Park and Ride, to better serve employment, retail and residential centers along the route. 
  • Saturday V Route: adding a new Saturday route to serve Meadowmont, Downtown Chapel Hill, UNC Hospitals and Southern Village from 8:45 a.m.–5:14 p.m., 60-minute frequency. Route will not serve Highgrove Drive or Brookgreen Drive. 

Chapel Hill Transit will also implement some schedule and route adjustments effective Monday, Aug. 14. Chapel Hill Transit generally makes changes to its schedules in January, May and August, in response to ridership trends, changing traffic patterns and growth in the area.

Service Adjustments:

  • A Route: A-Limited morning trips will resume (7:14–9:44 a.m.). These trips operate in a loop between Hillsborough Street, campus and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and only operate when the University is in session. 
  • B Route: new campus route serving Baity Hill, UNC Hospitals and Fetzer Gym operating every 20 minutes from 7:40–8:56 a.m. and from 5–6:16 p.m. when the University is in session. 
  • CCX Route: adding additional evening trips (6:20–7 p.m.) to Chatham County Park and Ride to better accommodate late work shifts.
  • D and DX Routes: 
  • DX Route - Hours will be reallocated to the D route to improve frequency and meet ridership demands. Last day of service on the DX route will be Friday, Aug. 11, 2017.
  • D Route - adding additional AM peak trips (6:57–8:47 a.m.) to improve frequency and ease overcrowding.
  • HU Route: schedule will be adjusted to operate every 20 minutes during AM and PM peak hours.
  • J Route: route will remain on detour in Carrboro and will not operate along South Greensboro Street, due to planned construction activity in the area.   
  • NU Route: Weekday and weekend service will resume on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017. 
  • T and Saturday T Routes: northbound trips will operate along Banks Drive to Weaver Dairy Road (East Chapel Hill High) to improve schedule reliability.
  • U Route: Weekend service will resume on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017.  
  • V Route: will serve St. Thomas More on two AM (7:35 a.m. and 8 a.m.) and two PM trips (2:57 p.m. and 3:10 p.m.) on a trial basis. 
  • Safe Rides: Service will resume on Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017 and will operate on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings when the University is in session. 
  • Senior Shuttle: Elimination of Botanical Gardens bus stop due to low ridership.
  • EZ Rider will operate Monday-Friday from 5 a.m. to 11:17 p.m., Saturdays from 8:15 a.m. to 11:17 p.m. and Sundays from 10:38 a.m. until 11:17 p.m. (Premium Service will operate on a space-available basis from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

New schedules will be available at by Aug. 1, 2017 and printed schedules will be available on buses by the week of Aug. 7, 2017. NextBus predictions may be impacted by the service changes for the week following Aug. 14. Please refer to printed and online schedules during this time. 


Updating the Bus Fleet

With investments from our funding partners (Town of Chapel Hill, Town of Carrboro and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) we have purchased and placed into service 16 new low-floor buses over the summer, retiring some of the oldest buses in our fleet. We have also placed an order for an additional six buses (five funded with Orange County Transit Plan funds) that will likely go into service in early 2018. We anticipate placing an order for additional replacement buses in 2017, as we continue our work to improve service reliability and comfort for our customers.      


Customer Service Improvements

Beginning on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, Chapel Hill Transit will begin testing all-door boarding and allowing customers to use buses going to/from the Transit Facility to reach destinations along a route.  

  • All-Door Boarding: Chapel Hill Transit will be testing all-door boarding for faster service on all weekday and weekend routes (not on Tar Heel Express or special event shuttles). Customers will be able to board the bus at any door (front or back), as it is safe to do so. The test is part of an effort by Chapel Hill Transit to decrease customer loading times at high-demand stops throughout the system.
  • Buses to/from Transit Facility: Chapel Hill Transit customers will be able to use select buses traveling to/from the Transit Facility to reach destinations along defined routes. These buses will have a special designation on their headsign and customers will be able to use these buses as they travel to/from the garage. Additional information on this service option will be issued in early August.

Please contact a Customer Service Representative at 919.485.7433 or via email at with any questions.





Road Closed: Booker Creek Road

Booker Creek Road will be closed to through traffic from Aug. 14 until October. The Chapel Hill Transit G route will be detoured starting Aug. 14.

A contractor for the Town of Chapel Hill will replace a stormwater drain pipe under Booker Creek Road beginning Monday, Aug. 7, causing lane and road closures until early October.

Lane closures between Lakeshore Lane and Foxwood Drive (near the Booker Creek Townhouse Apartments and the Lower Booker Creek Trail) will begin Monday, Aug. 7, with through traffic maintained and flaggers assisting traffic. Booker Creek Road will be closed to through traffic between Lakeshore Lane and Foxwood Drive beginning Monday, Aug. 14. The road is scheduled to reopen the first week of October, weather permitting.

For a detour map, visit

Chapel Hill Transit Detours G Route on Booker Creek Road Beginning August 14

 Chapel Hill Transit will detour the G route beginning Monday, Aug. 14.

The G route will be detoured along Honeysuckle Road to Foxwood Drive.

The detoured routes will not serve bus stops on Booker Creek Road at Lakeshore Lane (#3308), Booker Creek Apartments (#3307), and Foxwood Drive at Honeysuckle Road (#3306).

For complete information about Chapel Hill Transit services, schedules, route changes or directions to the nearest stop, visit us at , email, or call a customer service representative at 919-485-7433.

Looking for more Traffic News?
Visit Did you know that traffic advisories may be sent directly to your email? Visit to sign up and check the box "Traffic Advisories." For assistance, contact us at

Do you walk, bike, run and wheel around Chapel Hill? The Town of Chapel Hill is busy with projects to improve your travel safety and convenience – including sidewalks, streets, trails and greenways, traffic calming and more. For more information, visit

And, for a weekly digest of all Town news, sign up for Chapel Hill eNews at or by sending a request to

Are you on Twitter? Follow @ChapelHillGov@ChapelHillPD and #CHTraffic for the latest traffic news.




Public Safety News




Chapel Hill Police Speed-Enforcement Initiatives

Travel with care and pay attention when driving, walking and biking.

As part of our ongoing effort to create and preserve a safe community in which to travel, the Chapel Hill Police Department and area partners will continue speed enforcement and Watch For Me N.C. initiatives throughout the month of August.

Officers may issue information, warnings or citations for anyone for violating laws. Fines and court costs for these violations begin at $213.

Multiple officers will monitor the following areas (in addition to normal Chapel Hill Police patrol practices) to encourage and enforce safe behavior from everyone:

  • 9-10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15, Southern Village
  • 8-11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
  • 10-11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29, Franklin Street
  • 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29, NC Highway 54 and South Columbia Street
  • 6-8 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, Raleigh Road and US Highway 15-501

Watch For Me N.C. is a statewide safety initiative designed to improve relationships on roads between people who drive, people who walk, people who roll and people who bike. People may receive helpful information, warnings, and in some cases, tickets for violations during these initiatives.

Getting Around
Chapel Hill is working to make the community safer for people who travel. Help us become a safer place to walk, bike, roll and drive. For more information, visit:

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