Our Orange County Transit Plan tax dollars at work (more service, more buses!)

Since Orange County passed our transit plan in 2013, Chapel Hill Transit has been able to add more service and significantly address the need to replace existing buses. GoTriangle and Orange Public Transportation have also been able to add service and vehicles, but we are focusing on CHT here.

To highlight the new service we just got this past August 2018:

  • CW Route extension of it's peak evening service
  • D Route extension of it's peak evening service
  • All routes with existing Saturday service had that service extended from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm

Service
The table below summarizes the increased service since 2013. This represents around 10,585 new annual hours of service.*

Route Improvement Year Implemented
A Improved service on Hillsborough Street during peak (AM) 2014
CM Extend Evening Trips Year Round* 2013
CW Extend Evening Trips Year Round* 2013
CW Improve peak hour capacity issues 2017
D Extend Evening Trips Year Round* 2013
D Extend 7:17am trip to begin in Carrboro 2014
F Add Trips 7:38pm  (Old Fayetteville) 8:45pm (Colony Woods)* 2013
HS Additional trips to route with routing improvement* 2016
J Extend Evening Trips Year Round* 2013
J Improve peak hour capacity issues (AM and PM) 2014
NS Improve mid-day service (10am - 2pm) 2014
NS Extend Evening Service to Southern Village* 2017
CM Additional Saturday Service* 2013
CW Additional Saturday Service* 2013
JN Add Trip 9:10am (Estes Park)* 2013
Sat V Added Saturday Service* 2017
SAT Extend service to 6:00pm on all routes (D, FG)* 2014
CW Peak PM hour expansion 2018
D Peak PM hour expansion 2018
SAT All Routes 8:00am to 7:00pm* 2018
ICES Increased Cost of Existing Services 2013-2018

*Includes fixed route and demand response service (EZ Rider)

Vehicles

Chapel Hill Transit has been able to purchase eight (8) new fixed route buses with our transit tax funds. In addition to these funds, these dollars are also funding the current work on the North South BRT project and bus stop upgrades (shelters, lighting etc…).

Overall, Chapel Hill Transit has been able to acquire 36 new buses, 7 new demand response vehicles and been awarded funds for the purchase of 2 electric buses. Here's the breakdown of these vehicles:       

  • Replacement of 36 fixed route buses by FY19 (delivered/ordered)
    • 16 Fixed Route buses replaced through FY17
    • 6 Fixed Route buses delivered in May (5 w/ OC Transit Plan $)
    • 6 Fixed Route buses ordered in FY18 (March 2019 delivery)
    • 5 Fixed Route buses pending order with grant funds
    • 3 Fixed Route buses pending order w/ OC Transit Plan $ 
    • Replacement of 15 Demand Response vehicles
    • 7 Demand Response vehicles delivered in FY18
    • ~8 Demand Response vehicles pending order with grant funds

 

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