Chapel Hill 1819/2019: 45 Years of Chapel Hill Transit

It has been 45 years since Chapel Hill Transit began providing transportation to the public under the stewardship of former Mayor Howard Lee and in partnership with UNC-Chapel Hill.  On Wednesday, Sept. 4, at the Chapel Hill Public Library the first of several celebrations kicked off CHT’s 45th.

To celebrate the occasion, the Town of Chapel Hill and Chapel Hill Transit hosted a 45th anniversary celebration with an amazing lineup of speakers that included Mayor Lee, who is largely responsible for starting the transit system. 

The next celebration is planned for Friday, September 27th on Franklin Street at the transit stop near Carolina Coffee from 10 a.m. – Noon with cake and birthday gifts for everyone!

The Town of Chapel Hill is celebrating “200 Hundred Years of Getting Better, Together” with a series of programs, projects, commemorations, and celebrations. Town and community partners will host events through the end of the year to celebrate the 200th birthday of our Town government.

“On November 20, 1819, the North Carolina General Assembly appointed the Town’s first Commissioners, establishing local government in Chapel Hill,” explained Mayor Pam Hemminger. “Now, 200 years later, it is exciting to look back through our history to recognize the people, places, and events that have shaped the community we are today.”  

To see what the current program offerings are, or to submit an idea for an event, visit the series website at Find local government history at