Orange County Public Transportation

The Role of BRT in the Durham Orange Transit Corridor

With the rollout of regional transit plans in our area, we can see that Wake County plans 20 miles of bus rapid transit (BRT) routes.  Here in Orange County, we have an 8 mile BRT route planned in additional to a proposed 18 mile light rail line connecting Durham and Chapel Hill.  Should we deploy BRT as the anchor of our transit network and replace the Durham Orange Light Rail line with BRT?

First, a bit about BRT.  It takes many of the things that make riding light rail transit (LRT) attractive, but uses diesel buses in dedicated exclusive roadways instead of electric rail cars on tracks.  A true BRT system has stations with shelters and raised platforms like LRT.  Fares are paid in advance to speed loading and buses come at regular intervals.  Most importantly, a true BRT system has its own exclusive roadway.  If the bus is stuck in the same traffic with cars, it’s not really “gold standard” BRT.  It’s just a bus.

Triangle Area Rural Planning Workshop and Survey

Orange County Public Transportation is inviting residents to attend a half-day workshop for the Triangle Area Rural Planning Organization (TARPO) Locally Coordinated Human Service Public Transportation Plan. The workshop will take place from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. on Friday, April 26, at the County's Southern Human Services Center in Chapel Hill.

The workshop will focus on the needs of rural Chatham and Orange Counties as a part of the larger TARPO region, and will be facilitated by RPO staff with assistance from the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) and the local transit service agencies. This plan will not focus on the urban transit services provided by Chapel Hill Transit or Triangle Transit, but will instead be focused on the more rural services provided by Chatham Transit Network and Orange Public Transportation.

The recommendations that come out of this workshop will be incorporated into the Locally Coordinated Human Service Public Transportation Plan for the region and will identify the specific areas of need for individuals with disabilities, older adults, and persons with low incomes; to propose strategies for meeting these needs; and to prioritize public transportation services to meet these needs.

The public is invited to complete a survey that will be used to provide information for the Locally Coordinated Plan. The survey is available online at or at For more information, please call Matt Day, TARPO senior planner, at 919.558.9397 or send an e-mail to


Friday, April 26, 2013 - 9:00am to 12:00pm


Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill

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