Complete Streets Workshop on Nov. 17

Complete Streets in Chapel Hill, a community information session and workshop, will be held at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, in the Council Chamber of Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

The Town of Chapel Hill workshop will use some fun activities to share and receive ideas on how best to incorporate Complete Streets principles and practices into the Town’s activities. Complete streets are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users. Pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities must be able to safely move along and across a complete street. Creating complete streets means addressing issues such as traffic calming, street design, landscaping, lighting and utilities to better enable safe access for all users.

Town staff participated in a Complete Streets workshop in April to learn more about Charlotte’s experiences and how their lessons could apply in our community. Staff then began exploring how current policies and standards can support and inform a Complete Streets policy for Chapel Hill.

The goal of the workshop will be to share information and to begin understanding what priorities the community has for the various elements of complete streets in Chapel Hill.

Can you attend the workshop?

What: Complete Streets Workshop
When: Nov. 17, 2010
Time: 5:15-6:15 p.m.
Where: Council Chamber, Town Hall

Would you like to learn more? (has podcast)

Chapel Hill Transit Seeks Public Input for Proposed Service Adjustments

Chapel Hill Transit (CHT) will hold a series of public input session on its proposed service adjustments for fiscal year 2010/11. The sessions will be held Monday, May 17, 2010 at the Chapel Hill Bible Church on 260 Erwin Road, Chapel Hill, from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. The sessions will start with a short presentation from CHT staff, and then the public will be invited to share their opinions.

CHT is recommending a series of service adjustments intended to increase schedule reliability, better match service to ridership and improve the efficiency of the system. The proposed adjustments include: 

Fixed Route Adjustments – effective date August 23, 2010:

CCX Route – Weekday service will start at 6:00 a.m. and end at 8:00 p.m.

F Route – The 6:20 a.m. and the 6:55 a.m. trips will begin at McDougle School instead of Weaver Street Market

HS Route – Service will operate every 60 minutes from 6:45 a.m. to 5:40 p.m.

M Route – Discontinue service due to low ridership and the availability of alternative service (CM route) nearby.

NS Route – Weekday morning 10 minute service will be provided from 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

NU Route – The 7:25 a.m. and 8:05 a.m. trips will be eliminated.

RU Route – Service will operate every 15 minutes from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., instead of every 10 minutes. 

Shared Ride/Feeder Service Adjustments – effective date August 1, 2010:

Shared Ride Evening/Sunday Service – Eliminate service.

Shared Ride Feeder Service – Eliminate service.

Transit Agencies Propose Changes to Service for August 2010

Three of the Triangle’s transit providers are proposing route changes to improve service for riders along the US 15-501 corridor between Chapel Hill and Durham. Each day there are thousands of commuting trips to the universities and hospitals, and thousands of trips accessing the commercial centers along the corridor.

If approved, the changes would:
• Enhance transportation options and reduce traffic congestion
• Create seamless transfers for all agencies in the 15-501 corridor and reduce service duplication
• Establish a transfer point between Chapel Hill Transit and DATA
• Provide all-day, low-cost, local access to the commercial centers
• Provide direct, fast, consistent connections to the downtowns, the universities, and park-and-ride locations

The changes planned by all three transit agencies along and in the 15-501 corridor:
• Chapel Hill Transit routes affected would include extending D and DM routes to New Hope Commons Shopping Center and routing and schedule modifications to the CL route
• DATA route affected would be Route 10
• Triangle Transit routes affected would include the 402/412 and 403/413

Chapel Hill Transit, DATA and Triangle Transit will supply information about the proposed route changes on buses and information also will be posted at key stops along the affected routes. Comments may be made on line at: or by leaving a message at 485-PLAN (7526).

In addition, Triangle Transit is proposing route changes to improve service reliability on-time performance, make better connections with local transit, and to improve service to RDU from downtown Raleigh.

Affected routes include:
• Weekday routes: 105, 201, 301, 311
• Saturday routes: 101, 412S, 413S, 747S
• Shuttles to RDU Airport 747 and RTP 42, 46, 47, 49
• Night routes: 470, 570, 670

The three agencies will host public meetings to provide further information at:

• Durham Station : March 23rd from 10am – 2pm
515 W. Pettigrew Street, Durham, NC 27701
• Chapel Hill Bible Church : March 24th from 4pm-6pm
260 Erwin Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
• Triangle Transit Offices: March 25th from 4pm-6:30pm
4600 Emperor Blvd, Durham NC 27703, Board Room

Final recommendations and approval of the recommendations will be made by June 30. The service changes would take place in mid-August 2010.