Chapel Hill Transit (CHT)
CHT SERVICE ALERT: Possible Schedule Delays Thursday-Sunday
Chapel Hill Transit is advising customers to expect possible schedule delays this Thursday through Sunday, March 13-16, as work on a waterline in the area of Manning Drive and South Columbia may impact routes operating in the area. While every attempt will be made to maintain normal schedules, Chapel Hill Transit is advising customers to allow extra travel time from approximately 9am-7pm Thursday through Sunday. No detours are expected at this time.
Chape Hill Transit Safe Ride Update for Saturday, March 8th
CHT SERVICE ALERT: Safe Ride Update for Saturday, March 8th
POSTED: Friday, March 7, 2014
Chapel Hill Transit Safe Ride routes will operate on Saturday, March 8, 2014 and will follow regular routes and schedules. In the event that Franklin or other streets are closed, Safe Rides will operate on detoured routes and serve Downtown/Franklin street areas using the following stops:
• Safe T - pick up and drop off at Chapel Hill Town Hall on Martin Luther King Jr., Boulevard
• Safe J - pick up and drop off at Franklin Street and Church Street (between Aveda and Fitzgerald’s)
• Safe G - pick up and drop off on Columbia Street at ROTC
In the event of road closures, Chapel Hill Transit will attempt to maintain posted schedules and routes. However, customer should plan for detours and delays.
Safe Ride is a service funded by the UNC-Chapel Hill Student Government for the safety of students.
North-South Corridor Study public meetings on March 26
North-South Corridor Study public meetings on March 26 Chapel Hill Transit invites public participation in the North-South Corridor Study. Two identical public workshops are scheduled on Wednesday, March 26:
• 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.—Stone Cultural Center, 150 South Road, UNC Campus (Hitchcock Room)
• 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. —Chapel Hill Public Library (Meeting Room B)
The meetings will be structured in an open house, drop-in format. At the meetings, the public will be able to talk to project staff, review maps of the study area, and participate in self-paced interactive exercises about transit. Chapel Hill Transit’s goal is to gather public comment about travel and transit needs in this corridor. Comment forms as well as laptops will be available to record comments.
An English-Spanish language interpreter will be available at this set of public meetings for anyone who requests translation and interpretation.
The North-South Corridor Study is a transit service planning initiative for the corridor linking Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, South Columbia Street and US Highway 15-501 South. The purpose of the study is to review the transportation corridor from the Eubanks Road Park and Ride to the Southern Village Park and Ride Lot, to identify and evaluate improved accessibility, capacity, convenience and travel-time for riders.
The public meeting date also launches an online community forum at the NSCstudy.org, where the public can access project information, comment on the project, and view other people’s suggestions, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from the convenience of a personal computer or a mobile device like a smartphone or a tablet. Comments will be accepted on the project starting on March 26 through the end of the project, which is anticipated to last 15-18 months.
Additional public involvement opportunities including more public meetings will be announced throughout the project. There are several easy ways to stay engaged with the North-South Corridor Study through the project website, http://www.NSCStudy.org<http://www.nscstudy.org/>:
• Sign up for the updates;
• Check the website for more technical reports and corridor data as it becomes available; and
• Comment on the project using a map, answering a poll question, attaching your own narrative or photo, and more.
The study represents a significant step towards achieving the goals established by the Chapel Hill 2020 comprehensive plan. The comprehensive planning work was conducted in six theme groups. “Getting Around” theme group established a set of goals aimed at the development of a well-balanced and holistic transportation system that connects communities, provides a variety of transportation options and places an emphasis on ecological conciseness.
Chapel Hill Transit Winter Weather Update 3/7
Chapel Hill Transit services are currently following normal routes and schedules. However, road conditions, traffic signal outages, and downed trees/limbs are causing delays throughout the system. Due to conditions, buses are also operating at slower than normal speeds. Delays are likely to continue through the evening commute. We apologize for the inconvenience, but safety is our highest priority.
Where to Get Service Information:
Conditions can change quickly. Before you leave, get the latest updates on weather related delays and detours:
• Check CHT’s Inclement Weather page at http://www.townofchapelhill.org/index.aspx?page=696
• Call 919-969-4900 and press "1" for Route and Schedule Information – expect some wait time due to high call volumes • For EZ Rider Services call 919-969-5544 • Check local TV and radio stations • Follow us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/chtransit) and Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/chtransit)
CHT’s NextBus system estimates the next arrivals for buses in real time, based on each vehicle's location and average speed. But when many vehicles are off-route or significantly delayed, it cannot make accurate arrival predictions. NextBus can, however, tell you if your line is delayed, or the location of the next vehicle.
• If there's no traffic going by your bus stop, walk to a stop on a busy street.
• If your bus stop is in the middle of a hill, walk to the bottom or top where the operator can safely stop.
• Stand back from the curb until the bus comes to a complete stop. Buses can slide sideways in slippery conditions.
• Keep in mind, your bus may not pull all the way over to the curb to avoid getting stuck.
Chapel Hill Transit Spring Break Schedule
Chapel Hill Transit (CHT) will adjust its service schedule from Saturday, March 8, 2014 through Saturday, March 15, 2014 due to the UNC-Chapel Hill spring break schedule. During this time, the weekday NU route will end earlier in the evening and the weekend U and NU routes will not operate. Weekday EZ Rider services will end at 10:35 p.m.
Safe Ride routes will not operate Thursday, March 13, 2014, through Saturday, March 15, 2014.
Regular service will resume on Sunday, March 16, 2014. For specific schedule information, please visit http://www.chtransit.org or call a customer service representative at 919.969.4900 (press 1).
Chapel Hill Transit to Host Regional Transit Bus Roadeo
Chapel Hill Transit will host the 2014 regional transit bus roadeo on Sunday, March 9, 2014, from 8:00 a.m. - Noon, at the CHT Operations and Maintenance Facility (6900 Millhouse Road, Chapel Hill).
Chapel Hill Transit and four other transit systems will participate in the regional roadeo: Capital Area Transit (CAT), Cary Transit (C-Tran), Greensboro Transit Authority (GTA) and Triangle Transit.
"We are pleased to be able to host the roadeo, in coordination with our regional partners, and provide an opportunity for the many talented transit operators in the region to showcase their mastery of the skills it takes to safely operate a transit bus," said Chapel Hill Transit Director Brian Litchfield.
The regional roadeo is a contest of skill for professional transit operators, which requires contestants to maneuver through a timed course, negotiating obstacles that simulate the challenges they face daily while maintaining safety standards. Participants are scored on the safe, smooth and efficient navigation of a challenging obstacle course which includes serpentine turns, obstacles in the roadway, a left and a right hand reverse, diminishing clearance, customer stops and more. Winners of the regional roadeo will qualify to represent their system at the Statewide Bus Roadeo in Charlotte this April.
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