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Housing Partners with UNC School of Social Work

UNC-Chapel Hill graduate student Alex Lombardi had an aha moment shortly after she began working as an intern for the Housing Department.

Public housing neighborhoods in Chapel Hill are surrounded by student housing. But the communities and residents don’t really mix.

“In Chapel Hill, public housing is so well integrated, that many students are unaware,” she said. “When you’re a student you’re in a sort of bubble.”

Now Lombardi wants to get to know her neighbors – and it’s because of where she works. She is the first student from UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Social Work in a new field instruction course based at the Town of Chapel Hill Housing Department.

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Chapel Hill eNews

Post Date:08/10/2017 10:29 AM
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Up Front

 

TONIGHT: Movies Under the Stars

OUTDOOR MOVIE ON WALLACE DECK

Watch Space Jam under the stars at the Wallace Deck, 150 E. Rosemary St., on Thursday, Aug. 10. The movie will start at sundown (around 8:30 p.m.). Read more.

From Town Hall

Town-Sponsored Events

Town Services

Transportation

Public Safety News

 

 

 

 

Up Front

 

 

 

TOWNweek has been posted!

www.townofchapelhill.org/townweek

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SOUTHERN COMMUNITY PARK PLAYGROUND 

Parks and Recreation Capital and Maintenance Project Update Newsletter

Highlights: Bolin Creek Trail will be closed for about two weeks starting Aug. 7 for repairs. Work will begin in late August or early September on Tanyard Branch Trail, Phase 3. Northside Gym will be closed for annual maintenance Aug. 21-Sept. 2. Southern Community Park Playground will be closed for about three weeks starting Sept. 11 for a major renovation project. Homestead Park Soccer Fields will be closed starting in the fall for several months. These fields will be converted to a synthetic surface that will allow all season-all weather play.

 

Read more: http://www.townofchapelhill.org/home/showdocument?id=36533

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2ND FRIDAY ARTWALK 

Things to do in Chapel Hill

Feature from the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau

 

Second Friday ArtWalk

6-9 p.m. Friday, Aug 11

Downtown Chapel Hill & Carrboro, East & West Franklin & Main Street

The 2nd Friday ArtWalk takes place in Carrboro & Chapel Hill in NC from 6-9 p.m. on the second Friday of every month. The 2nd Friday ArtWalk is a great opportunity to experience the creative arts scene in our community, explore venues, and socialize with other art lovers! Venues offer live music, food, activities, hands-on art demonstrations, discounts, and more. Download a map and plan your ArtWalk today!

www.2ndfridayartwalk.com

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BUS ON CAMPUS 

Celebrate the Saturday V Route on Aug. 19!

Join us for the inaugural trip of the Saturday V Route at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at the bus stop at Harris Teeter at Meadowmont. The bus ride will last from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m.

The Saturday V route serves Meadowmont, Southern Village, UNC Hospitals and downtown Chapel Hill, operating every 60 minutes from 8:45 a.m. to 5:14 p.m. The service is funded by the Orange County Transit Plan. View the Saturday V route schedule and map.

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GOOD NEIGHBORS INITIATIVE 

Good Neighbor Initiative walk-around set for Aug. 21

Now in its 14th year, the year-round Good Neighbor Initiative encourages students who live off campus to meet their neighbors and work with them to build community and keep neighborhoods clean, safe and quiet. 

Starting at 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21, teams of UNC students, staff and public safety officers, Chapel Hill police officers and town staff members, community groups and other volunteers will meet at the Hargraves Community Center before fanning out into neighborhoods surrounding downtown Chapel Hill. The teams visit students and year-round residents in the Northside, Pine Knolls, Cameron-McCauley and Davie Circle neighborhoods, Carrboro’s Lloyd Broad community, and south of Forest Hills, including Dawes, Coolidge and Pine Bluff Trails, with information about community services, local ordinances and alcohol laws, and good neighbor practices. Residents also will be invited to the Good Neighbor Block Party at the Hargraves Center on Thursday, Sept. 14.

For a light-hearted video highlighting the initiative, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTuMZsOyAZk&list=PL57E89BF640577EC2. The two-minute video was produced by a UNC-Chapel Hill journalism class led by adjunct professor Bruce Curran and professor Richard Simpson, who also play leading roles.

Sponsors are the Town of Chapel Hill, UNC-Chapel Hill, the Chapel Hill Police Department, Empowerment Inc., the Downtown Partnership, the Jackson Center, Town of Carrboro, Habitat for Humanity and several downtown businesses and community partners.

Media Contact: Aaron Bachenheimer, director of UNC-Chapel Hill's Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life and Community Involvement, 919-843-5827.

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 PEOPLE WALKING ON FRANKLIN STREET

Franklin Street Prepares to Welcome New Chapel Hillians


The Town of Chapel Hill is making minor fixes along both sides of the 100 block of East Franklin Street beginning this week in preparation of the incoming UNC students and their families.

The largest project will take place in front of Ms. Mong’s and Wells Fargo Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 14 and 15. The sidewalk in front of the businesses is being replaced to prevent future puddling when it rains.

Other maintenance will be performed along the 100 block of East Franklin Street through Thursday, Aug. 17. The maintenance includes work to remove tripping hazards and otherwise beautify our downtown.

Bike Rack/Fix-it Station
A contractor for the Town of Chapel Hill will install a bicycle-on-bus demonstration rack and separate bicycle fix-it station at 144 E. Franklin St. near the Bank of America ATM and University United Methodist Church. Installation is scheduled through Friday, Aug. 11, weather permitting.

Pocket Park near Chapel Hill Tire
A mini park was installed in front of Chapel Hill Tire at 502 W. Franklin St. – near the northwest corner of West Franklin and Roberson streets.

Activating the public space is an experiment led by the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership and the Town of Chapel Hill with assistance from Chapel Hill Tire.

The charming park – about 20 by 70 feet –includes seating, bike racks and seasonal planters. Three bike racks were installed in a corral in the street between the existing parking space and the curb; recycled tire planters create a visual barrier between the seating area and the street; and sets of curved benches fill the interior of the space. Summer campers from the Hargraves Center painted many of the tires for the park.

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From Town Hall

 

 

NEIGHBORHOOD

Public Comment on Community Development Block Grant Funds

Residents are invited to review and comment on the FY 2016–2017 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER). This report details the progress in carrying out the FY 2016–2017 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Annual Plan as well as the performance in meeting the overall priorities and objectives. All comments received will be recorded in the final document. The official 15-day comment period is Aug. 15, 2017 through Aug. 30, 2017. Written comments may be addressed to: Renee Moye, Community Development Program Manager, Office of Housing and Community, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Chapel Hill, NC 27514 or may be emailed to cdbg@townofchapelhill.org.

A copy of the draft document will be available for public review and comment at the following locations:  

  • Online at http://tinyurl.com/TOCH-CDBG
  • Town of Chapel Hill Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill, NC 27514
  • Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Este aviso está disponible en español o en otro idioma bajo petición. Por favor, contacte a Edward Barberio al teléfono 919-969-5058 o dirección: 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Chapel Hill, NC 27514.

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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 bwatterson@townofchapelhill.org.

The full draft of the Mobility and Connectivity Plan can be found at www.townofchapelhill.org/mobilityplan

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ESTES DRIVE SITE TEST FIT MAP 

Project Update: Municipal Services Center

Hold the Date: Sept. 7, Location TBD

The Town of Chapel Hill continues to inform the community about progress toward a potential Municipal Services Center– with an expectation that an engagement and design process will be ready for review by the Council and community this fall.

A new Municipal service facility would serve several Town administrative needs which could include police, parks and recreation administration and fire. The site under consideration is on Estes Drive Extension adjacent to existing University functions and owned by UNC-Chapel Hill.

On July 26, the University Board of Trustees approved a lease that sets the groundwork for the Town and University to move forward with a process. The lease establishes the basic business relationship for next steps and provides a framework for moving ahead. Many details of the site, project, and joint relationship will still need to be determined during Stage Two, described below. This lease would require additional review and approval by Town and State bodies.

 

Next Steps:

  • Save the Date for a Community Update Meeting set for Sept. 7, Location TBD
  • Establish a community engagement group
  • Share evaluation of the existing police station site compared to the Estes Drive Extension site
  • Refine concept for site with community engagement group
  • Conduct any basic site evaluation/exploration to inform the refinement process
  • Identify what information would be required during a regulatory process
  • Return to Town Council in fall (expected, Sept. 27) with proposal for project design, and regulatory process

Sign up for Town-Gown announcements at www.townofchapelhill.org/signup

For more information, visit http://www.townofchapelhill.org/EstesProject to find:

  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Project Schedule
  • A memorandum from UNC Chapel Hill regarding landfill locations
  • Materials from the March 6, 2017 public information session
  • Town Council meeting materials (Jan. 23, 2017)
  • University Board of Trustees meeting materials (Jan. 25, 2017)
  • Archeological Assessment (added to website on Aug. 8, 2017)
  • Comparison of Estes Drive Site and Current Police Station Site (added to website on Aug. 9, 2017)

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EPHESUS FORDHAM DESIGN GUIDELINES

Tell us about your vision for architectural design in the Ephesus/Fordham District

The Town of Chapel Hill has initiated a Design Guidelines effort to create a consistent and cohesive aesthetic for the Ephesus/Fordham District – located around the intersection of Ephesus Church Road and US 15-501 or Fordham Boulevard, a gateway to Chapel Hill.

This work builds on other recent improvements that enhance greater walkability and open space in the Ephesus/Fordham District. As part of the public outreach for this project, Town planners are gathering public input on how to build the Design Guidelines document.

You are invited to take a brief survey by visiting the project web page at http://www.townofchapelhill.org/town-hall/departments-services/chapel-hill-2020/future-focus-areas/the-ephesus-fordham-district/form-based-code/ephesus-fordham and clicking on the survey launch button. All public input will be compiled to support the drafting of the Design Guidelines document, which will be available for public review in fall 2017. The survey will be open through Sep. 10, 2017.

The Design Guidelines project is considering a range of building and site design techniques http://www.townofchapelhill.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=36535 that could be applied to the Ephesus/Fordham District. This survey will gather your input on the effectiveness of these techniques by showing concepts and example images. The survey also explores the importance of various design topics that have been suggested by community members, and asks for your thoughts on what makes Chapel Hill’s design character special.

The Ephesus/Fordham District www.townofchapelhill.org/EF is an area of Chapel Hill comprised of older shopping centers located on high-volume roadways. The Town of Chapel Hill has applied a Form-Based Code to the District with the goal of transforming this area into a mixed use district with a pleasant walking and biking experience. Under the code, all applicants must receive a Certificate of Appropriateness from the Community Design Commission http://www.townofchapelhill.org/advisoryboards

The addition of Design Guidelines for Ephesus/Fordham is intended to provide further guidance to applicants in preparing projects for the Community Design Commission's review. These guidelines will also establish a set of review criteria for the commission to use in determining the appropriateness of design proposals.

For more information and to take the survey, visit http://www.townofchapelhill.org/town-hall/departments-services/chapel-hill-2020/future-focus-areas/the-ephesus-fordham-district/form-based-code/ephesus-fordham

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Town-Sponsored Events

 

 

FAMILY FUN DAY

Hargraves Family Fun Day Event

An annual tradition at the Hargraves Community Center

Chapel Hill Park and Recreation's outdoor Family Fun Day Event always provides an excellent opportunity to have some good family time in the community, learn more about what the community has to offer and enjoy some great entertainment.  

The event will be held from 6 until 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, at the Hargraves Community Center, at 216 N. Roberson St., Chapel Hill, NC.

Gather the kids and head over to the Hargraves Community Center — come rain or shine — for an activity-filled family fun day at the park! Enjoy R&B live entertainment by #EPITONE as well as local Gospel artists Souls of Joy and The New Generation Joy bells, Hip Hop artists Young vll, E D 5ft3 3G, DSJ, P3 and Li D aka Chapel Hill President.

Enjoy children’s amusements, great festive foods and learn more about the unique resources and opportunities at Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation … all for free!

For more information, call the Hargraves Community Center at 919-968-2794. 

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BANGERS AND SMASH 

Skate Board Competition returns to Homestead Skate Park

Bangers and Smash Skate & Scooter Tour

The local skate and scooter contest of the summer has been amazing so far! For this year's competition, The Apex Rodgers Family Skatepark, Chapel Hill Skatepark, Sk8-Cary, and The Daniel Dhers Action Sports Complex will be hosting the Tour from July 19 until Aug. 30. 

The first of five stops of the tour was held at DDASC. The advanced division took place in the mini-ramp, better know as the "shark tank", and the beginner division in the micro-ramp. The second stop of the tour was held in the Apex Family Skatepark, where all divisions, beginner and advanced shredded the street section.

Next stop will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9 in the Chapel Hill Skatepark on Aquatic Drive (rain date Wednesday, Aug. 16). Registrations will be available the day of the event at the same location.

Remember! Places, prizes, and points awarded at each stop. Waiver and forms for each stop may vary. Competitor must obey all facility rules to participate or risk disqualification.   

For more information see Bangers and Smash Tour in Chapel Hill. 

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RADISHES AT THE FARMERS MARKET 

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 http://produceforparks.wixsite.com/produceforparks or email produceforparks@gmail.com

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CAROLINA MARCHING BAND 

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 www.tarheeldowntown.com  and townofchapelhill.org/festivalsandevents!

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Town Services

 

 

 Trees in Chapel Hill

Tree Removals: Cameron Avenue and Franklin Street

A tree at the southwest corner of Cameron Avenue and Cameron Glen Drive and a tree at the southeast corner of Franklin Street and Battle Lane have died posing potential risk to people in the area if the trees were to fall. The trees are scheduled to be removed on Wednesday, August 16, and replaced this fall.

The Town’s arborist has been monitoring the trees. They did not produce foliage this season. The safest course of action is removal.

The removal near Cameron Avenue will require the bike lane to be closed; the Franklin Street removal will require a brief lane closure.

Tree City

The Town of Chapel Hill, which has a strong commitment to sustainability and interest in decreasing the urban “heat-island” effect, regrets when trees must be replaced. Our Tree Protection Ordinance identifies tree canopy as an important community value. We are proud that this year marks our 18th year as a Tree City, a designation from the national Arbor Day Foundation. Visit our Trees webpage at townofchapelhill.org/trees.

More Information
For more information, contact Park Maintenance Superintendent Kevin Robinson at 919-969-5104 or krobinson@townofchapelhill.org.

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Transportation 

 

 

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Chapel Hill Transit Routes Resume Service on South Road Beginning Monday, Aug. 14

Chapel Hill Transit A, CCX, FCX, Saturday FG, G, S, U and V routes will resume their normal route on South Road beginning Monday, Aug. 14, 2017. 

Chapel Hill Transit is the public transportation provider that serves Chapel Hill, Carrboro and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For complete information about Chapel Hill Transit services, schedules, route changes or directions to the nearest stop, visit us at www.chtransit.org , email chtransit@townofchapelhill.org, or call a customer service representative at 919-485-7433.

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PARKMOBILE 

 

Coming Soon – Chapel Hill Transit New Daily Parking Option at Park and Ride Lots!

Chapel Hill Transit has partnered with Parkmobile USA, Inc. to bring an easier and more efficient parking service at designated Park & Ride lots (Eubanks, Carrboro Plaza, Southern Village, and Jones Ferry). Customers will now be able to pay for parking by using Parkmobile’s mobile application for the iPhone, Android, Windows, and Blackberry smart phones.

Customers will now have the choice to use either the current meter or the new Parkmobile app. Daily parking fee is $2. The fee is in effect from 4 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

 

Current Status:

The signage is currently being installed. Chapel Hill Transit will issue a separate notice when the system goes live.

 

How It Works:

  1. PARK - Look for the Parkmobile sign or sticker (it’s bright green!)
  2. PHONE - Once registered, use the Parkmobile app to enter in the zone number listed on the sign to start a parking session.
  3. GO – Confirm your session is active and that’s it! And just to make life easier, you can opt-in to receive a notification 15 minutes before your parking session is set to expire.

 

Register:

To use the new Parkmobile system, customers can register for free at www.parkmobile.com or download the mobile app. Once registered, use the mobile app, the internet, or a toll free number (located on the Parkmobile signs or meter stickers in your parking area) to pay for parking. After setting up the account, customers can immediately start using the system with their registered mobile phone.

 

For more info, see:
http://bit.ly/2tXiYdE

Get the app now!
http://us.parkmobile.com/mobile-apps

 

Parkmobile contact information:

Phone: 877-PARK-HLP (877-727-5457)
Visit Parkmobile Knowledge Base  or click the “Help” tab.
Email: helpdesk@parkmobileglobal.com

 

 LOT LOCATION
 SERVED BY
Carrboro Plaza
Behind Carrboro Plaza at Hwy 54 and W Main St
CPX Route, CW Route
Jones Ferry
Just south of Old Fayetteville Rd and Jones Ferry Rd
CM Route, CW Route, JFX Route
Southern Village
Just off 15-501 South
NS Route, V Route
Eubanks Road
On Eubanks Rd 1/2 mile west of MLK Jr Blvd
NS Route, CRX (Triangle Transit)

For any questions, please call customer service at 919-485-RIDE or visit www.chtransit.org.

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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 chtransit.org 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 chtransit@townofchapehill.org with any questions.

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BOOKER CREEK ROAD CLOSURE 

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 http://bit.ly/2v5WWYi.

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 www.chtransit.org , email chtransit@townofchapelhill.org, or call a customer service representative at 919-485-7433.

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

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 townofchapelhill.org/gettingaround.

And, for a weekly digest of all Town news, sign up for Chapel Hill eNews at townofchapelhill.org/signup or by sending a request to info@townofchapelhill.org.

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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: townofchapelhill.org/gettingaround.

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

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

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