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Town Holiday Jan. 20. Most municipal offices will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Chapel Hill Public Library will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. Chapel Hill Transit will operate on a Saturday schedule. Residential trash will not be collected (make-up day Wednesday, Jan. 22). Read More

Short Range Transit Plan

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Short Range Transit Plan Overview

Chapel Hill Transit sought input from Chapel Hill and Carrboro residents and from student and employees at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to develop a transit plan to guide the way we provide service over the next five years. We worked with a transit planning company Nelson\Nygaard to develop a transit plan that:

  • Increases frequency on major routes,
  • Maintains transit access to all the communities we serve,
  • Simplifies the bus system,
  • Improves weekend service, and
  • Does not require any additional financial resources to implement

Next Steps

  • Feedback on proposed service changes
  • Approval from Town of Chapel Hill, Town of Carrboro, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Develop new schedules and other materials
  • Target start date: August 2020

Project Documents

 Route Maps from Chapel Hill Transit's Short Range Transit Plan

 Upcoming Events

  • Monday, Jan. 27, from 4-6 p.m. at
    The UNC Student Union, West Lounge

  • Tuesday, Jan. 28, from 4-6 p.m. at
    Chapel Hill Public Library, in Meeting Room A

  • Thursday, Jan. 30, from 9-11 a.m. at
    UNC Hospitals, Conference Room A (above Starbucks; employees and patients only)

  • Friday, Jan 31, from 9-11 a.m. at
    The Seymour Center

Short Range Transit Plan Project Description

As part of the Strategic & Financial Sustainability Plan, Nelson\Nygaard has looked at a variety of methods for generating revenue and reducing expenses to improve Chapel Hill Transit’s overall financial outlook, including operational efficiencies, service contracting, bus size and alternative fuels, university partnership models, and revenue impacts of re-instituting fares.

The next phase to complete in the planning effort is to conduct a Short Range Transit Plan that will serve as Chapel Hill Transit’s roadmap for the next 10 years and position the agency for continued future success. The Short Range Transit Plan will look at funding opportunities, integration of BRT, and longer-term strategic issues such as light rail integration and ongoing regional coordination. Ultimately, the Short Range Transit Plan will provide an implementable approach to guide transit service in Chapel Hill and Carrboro for the next 10 years and beyond.

Project Consultant

Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates, Inc. is an internationally recognized firm committed to developing transportation systems that promote vibrant, sustainable, and accessible communities. Nelson\Nygaard recognizes that transportation is not an end by itself but a platform for achieving broader community goals of mobility, equity, economic development, and healthy living. Founded by two women in 1987, Nelson\Nygaard has grown from its roots in transit planning to a full-service, award-winning transportation firm with offices across the United States. www.nelsonnygaard.com

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