Chapel Hill Transit to Make August Service Adjustments
Service changes begin Monday, August 13, 2018
Chapel Hill Transit will add more service August 13, 2018, 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. The following routes will have additional service effective Monday, August 13, 2018.
More Bus Service
- CW Route: will provide 20 minute service from 3:20 PM to 6:00 PM each weekday to assist with overcrowding on the CW and J routes in the afternoon and evening peak along Franklin Street. Route will continue to operate along West Franklin Street from Downtown Carrboro to Downtown Chapel Hill to make travel times and arrivals more predictable for customers and help reduce bus congestion on South Columbia between Rosemary Street and Franklin Street.
- D Route: will add six (6) trips from 3:00 PM to 6:30 PM. All six (6) trips will serve the University, UNC Hospitals, Franklin Street, Elliott Road and Blue Hill District. Two (2) of the six (6) trips will also serve Culbreth Road and Smith Level Road in Carrboro.
- Saturday Routes: will add trips on all Saturday Routes (CM, CW, D, FG, JN, T, and V) to provide service from 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM, improving access to employment and retail. With this expansion, 16 additional trips will be offered on Saturdays and Demand Response service hours will be extended to match.
Chapel Hill Transit will also implement some schedule and route adjustments effective Monday, August 13, 2018. 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.
- All Routes: Adjusting published timepoints to improve operational performance,
- 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: Adjusting schedule times to reflect running times in the corridor and improve on-time performance.
- J Route: route will continue serving Carrboro via West Main Street and Jones Ferry Road. The route will serve South Greensboro Street (Rocky Brook and South Green), after leaving the bypass, once the road is reopened.
- T Route: All trips towards East Chapel Hill High will only pull into Carol Woods (pulling off Weaver Dairy Road), upon customer request, to improve trip times and on-time performance.
- NU/U Route: Weekend service will resume on Saturday, August 18, 2018.
- Saturday CW: Adjusting schedule times to reflect running times in the corridor and improve on-time performance. Route will continue to operate along West Franklin Street from Downtown Carrboro to Downtown Chapel Hill to make travel times and arrivals more predictable for customers and help reduce bus congestion on South Columbia between Rosemary Street and Franklin Street.
- Saturday T: Adjusting schedule times to reflect running times in the corridor and improve on-time performance.
- Saturday V: Adjusting schedule times to reflect running times in the corridor and improve on-time performance.
- Safe Rides: Service will resume on Thursday, August 23, 2018, and will operate on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings when the University is in session.
- 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 4:00 p.m.).
New schedules will be available on our website by August 1, 2018 and printed schedules will be available on buses by the week of August 13, 2018. NextBus predictions may be impacted by the service changes for the week following August 13th. Please refer to printed and online schedules during this time.
Updating the Bus Fleet
With continued investments from our funding partners (Town of Chapel Hill, Town of Carrboro and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) and the Orange County Transit Plan, we have purchased and placed into service six (6) new low-floor buses over the summer, retiring some of the oldest buses in our fleet. We also have placed an order for an additional 6 buses that will likely go into service in early 2019. We anticipate placing an order for additional replacement buses in 2018 using Orange County Transit Plan funds, as we continue our work to improve service reliability and comfort for our customers.
Bus Schedule RedesignChapel Hill Transit route brochures are being redesigned to be more customer friendly and will feature improved maps, stop identification numbers (NextBus) and transfer locations.