Getting Around

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A balanced transportation system
A connected community
Connect to a regional transportation system
An adaptable transportation system to support dense and suburban development
Provide safe and reasonable access to all
A transportation system that mitigates congestion; promotes air quality, sustainability, and energy conservation Incorporate street planning into zoning code
A parking system based on strategies that support overall holistic transportation


Big Idea – Connected Community



Chapel Hill Bike Plan

Ephesus-Fordham Transportation Improvements

North-South Corridor Study on MLK

Chapel Hill Transit Strategic and Financial Plan



No. 1 Issue — Overall flow of traffic and congestion About half of those surveyed (46–51%) are neutral or dissatisfied with condition of sidewalks, availability of sidewalks, adequacy of street lighting, number of walking/biking trails and ease of walking or biking


The Council has established 4 goals toward this CH 2020 theme.



Share of Americans 24–28 with driver’s licenses in 1994.



share in 2013.


Did You Know?

Chapel Hill has 21.1 sq miles land area


Getting Around This theme studied all modes of transportation needed for an inclusive, connected community. Participants explored the potential for regional partnerships linking to thriving greenways, sidewalks, bicycle amenities, and other options within the town.

Community Voices


CELISA LEHEWCelisa Lehew, lieutenant with Chapel Hill Police Department  and co-chair of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Staff Team

“I work in the traffic division and constantly monitor the crash numbers around our community. The Ephesus Fordham area is one of our major corridors into town. There are about 200 crashes per year in this area. I am excited to see the transportation improvements that are coming. We expect to see a reduction in crashes – as well as improvements to traffic congestion.”


ACTIONMaking Road Improvements – To encourage private reinvestment in the Ephesus-Fordham District, the Town will invest about $8.8 million in transportation improvements. The NC Department of Transportation will pay up to $2.17 million toward the road projects. The improvements will expand connectivity, so there isn’t just one way to go somewhere. The district will include pedestrian crossings and bike lanes, as well as amenity spaces, greenways and trails. 

Planning for Chapel Hill Transit’s Future – We are proud to have the second largest transit system in North Carolina, providing more than seven million rides per year. Our fleet of 121 vehicles cover more than 2.5 million miles per year in a service area of 62 square miles. To keep the wheels rolling, we are making a financial plan to replace aging buses, maintain facilities and hire more employees – all of which is expected to cost about $80 million over the next 10 years.

Improving Safety for People Who Walk and Bike – We are working on several fronts to improve safety for walkers and bikers with new flashing lights at mid-block crosswalks, sharrows with green boxes, safety signage, and a step up in traffic education and enforcement. An interdepartmental staff group is tackling the safety issue from many angles – from trimming hedges to ticketing people driving, walking or biking to enforce safe behaviors. They join efforts with community groups including the Bicycle Alliance Chapel Hill (BACH). A new WikiMap offers residents an opportunity to comment on safety issues they experience around town.

Connecting Greenways – We completed the $1.5 million Morgan Creek trail project (with tunnel under Culbreth Road) in June 2014. Now we’re busy expanding the Bolin Creek Trail with a tunnel under Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and two bridges over Bolin Creek (photo below). There are about 15 miles of greenways in Chapel Hill.

Coordinating with Regional Transportation – Many of our residents attended meetings organized by Triangle Transit to review the proposed 17-mile Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project. The electric-powered light-rail line would serve 17 stations from UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill to Alston Avenue in Durham. The estimated operating date is between 2025 and 2026.

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