Triangle Transit

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Founded 1989
Headquarters 4600 Emperor Blvd. Durham
Service area "The Triangle"
Service type bus service, express bus service, park and ride, paratransit
Stations Regional Transit Center,
901 Slater Rd. Durham
Website triangletransit.org

The Research Triangle Regional Public Transportation Authority which is known by the name Triangle Transit (formerly Triangle Transit Authority or TTA) provides regional bus service to The Triangle region of North Carolina in the counties of Wake, Durham and Orange.

History[edit]

The 1989 Session of the North Carolina General Assembly enabled the creation of Triangle Transit as a regional public transportation authority serving Durham, Orange and Wake counties. The new unit of local government was chartered by the NC Secretary of State on December 1, 1989.

In 1991, the NC General Assembly, subject to County approvals, authorized Triangle Transit to levy a vehicle registration tax of up to $5 per registration. This tag tax finances the regional bus operations, vanpooling program and planning program.

In 1997, the NC General Assembly, subject to County approvals, authorized Triangle Transit to levy a rental vehicle tax of up to 5% of gross receipts. This tax, effective January 1, 1998, will finance future capital projects.

Triangle Transit was created to plan, finance, organize and operate a public transportation system for the Research Triangle area. It has three main program areas:

  1. Regional Bus Service
  2. Vanpool Service
  3. Regional Transit Planning

From 1995 the cornerstone of Triangle Transit's long-term plan was a 28-mile rail corridor from northeast Raleigh, through downtown Raleigh, Cary, and Research Triangle Park, to Durham using DMU technology. There were proposals to extend this corridor 7 miles to Chapel Hill with light rail technology. However, in 2006 Triangle Transit deferred implementation indefinitely when the Federal Transit Administration declined to fund the program.[1]

TTA bus advertising as gas prices soar in July, 2008.

On March 17, 2008, after 15 years as Triangle Transit Authority, the Board of Trustees changed the agency's name and logo to Triangle Transit. Triangle Transit Board Chair Sig Hutchinson announced its new promise to the Triangle:

Triangle Transit improves our region’s quality of life by connecting people and places with reliable, safe, and easy-to-use travel choices that reduce congestion and energy use, save money, and promote sustainability, healthier lifestyles, and a more environmentally responsible community.

Triangle Transit is governed by a thirteen member Board of Trustees. Ten members are appointed by the region's principal municipalities and counties and three members are appointed by the North Carolina Secretary of Transportation.

Routes and services[edit]

TTA bus at the DATA terminal in downtown Durham.
Downtown Durham Station used by DATA and Triangle Transit.

Triangle Transit is a regional public transportation provider, offering a wide variety of transit and vanpool services to North Carolina’s Triangle Region and outlying counties. Regional bus and shuttle service is available to Apex, Cary, Chapel Hill, Durham, Garner, Hillsborough, Knightdale, RDU International Airport, Research Triangle Park, Raleigh, Wake Forest, Wendell, and Zebulon.

Triangle Transit is a supporting agency of the Special Transit Advisory Commission's work to plan for the region's transit future. The STAC completed its work in May 2008 and has provided its recommendations to the area's two planning organizations: Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) and Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization (DCHC MPO). The STAC's report which recommends more bus service, circulator service and rail can be found at: [1]

Route List[edit]

No. Route
100 Regional Transit Center to RDU Airport to Raleigh
102 Raleigh to Garner
105 Regional Transit Center to Raleigh
201 North Raleigh to Regional Transit Center
301 Regional Transit Center to Cary to Raleigh
303 Cary to Raleigh
305 Lake Pine to Cary to Raleigh
311 Regional Transit Center to Apex
400 Durham to New Hope Commons to Chapel Hill
405 Durham to Chapel Hill
420 Hillsborough to Chapel Hill
700 Regional Transit Center to Durham Tech to Downtown Durham
800 Regional Transit Center to Southpoint Mall to Chapel Hill
805 Regional Transit Center to Woodcroft to Chapel Hill
CRX Chapel Hill to Raleigh Express
DRX Durham to Raleigh Express
KRX Knightdale-Raleigh Express
RSX Duke University to UNC-Chapel Hill - Robertson Express
WRX Wake Forest-Raleigh Express
ZRX Zebulon/Wendell-Raleigh Express

Connecting local municipal transit systems[edit]

Capital Area Transit (Raleigh)[edit]

CAT serves Raleigh from 4:30am–12:00am Monday-Saturday, and 8:00am–8:00pm Sunday with 41 public transit routes (CAT also operates the Historic Raleigh Trolley Tour, and operates Triangle Transit's Wake Forest-Raleigh Express, Zebulon/Wendell-Raleigh Express and Knightdale-Raleigh Express routes. During regular service hours (5:30am–7:00pm Monday-Saturday) there are 18 radial routes that serve Moore Square Transit Station in downtown Raleigh, 7 connector routes, which do not serve Moore Square Transit Station, 2 express routes, one of which serves Moore Square Transit Station, and the R-Line, a downtown circulator.

Chapel Hill Transit[edit]

Main article: Chapel Hill Transit

Chapel Hill Transit operates public transportation services within the contiguous cities of Chapel Hill and Carrboro, and on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in the southeast corner of Orange County, North Carolina.

C-Tran (Cary)[edit]

Public transit in Cary is provided by C-TRAN. There are six fixed-routes. There is also a door-to-door service for the elderly (55+) and riders with disabilities.

Orange Public Transportation[edit]

The Orange Public Transportation program, a division of the Orange County Department on Aging, offers van and bus service outside the Chapel Hill-Carrboro city limits including planning and coordinating for county residents with transportation needs. It serves the general public and the clients of community service agencies, primarily in rural areas of the County.

Durham Area Transit Authority[edit]

Durham Area Transit Authority (DATA), the transit system for the city of Durham, operates 19 fixed bus routes as well as paratransit services.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "TTA gives up on federal funding for rail project". Triangle Business Journal. Retrieved 30 November 2012. 

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