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GoDurham Logo.png
GoDurham801 NIS.jpg
GoDurham #801 deadheading to Durham Station
FormerlyDurham Area Transit Authority
Headquarters1907 Fay St, Durham, NC 27704
LocaleDurham, North Carolina
Service typebus service, paratransit
HubsDurham Station Transportation Center
Daily ridership17,000 (weekdays, Q4 2022)[1]
Annual ridership5,304,400 (2022)[2]
Fuel typeDiesel, Hybrid, & Electric
OperatorFirst Transit

GoDurham, formerly Durham Area Transit Authority (DATA), is the public transit system serving Durham, North Carolina. It is currently operated by First Transit, managed by GoTriangle, and funded by the City of Durham. It was renamed under the consolidated GoTransit branding scheme for the Research Triangle region. In 2022, the system had a ridership of 5,304,400, or about 17,000 per weekday as of the fourth quarter of 2022.


Origins as DATA[edit]

The City of Durham assumed the operation of the local Duke Power bus system in 1991, naming it Durham Area Transit Authority (DATA).[3]

  • 1891–1902 – Durham Street Railway Co.
  • 1902–1913 – Durham Traction Co.
  • 1913–1921 – Durham Traction Co. (Cities Service Co.)
  • 1921–1943 – Durham Public Service Co. (Cities Service Co.)
  • 1930 – streetcars discontinued
  • After 1943 – Duke Power Company

To benefit more riders in safety and accessibility, DATA purchased 31 new Gillig Low Floors in 2002. The first bus arrived on April 16, 2003. The next day on April 17th, the bus ran in revenue service on route 7. The first bus ran through all routes to attract passengers of the fleet. These included LED destination signs, longer 40 foot buses, and automated announcements.[4]

DATA collaborated and funded with Capital Area Transit (now GoRaleigh) and Triangle Transit Authority (now GoTriangle) to create a route connecting the DATA Downtown Terminal with the Brier Creek Shopping Center in Raleigh. The new route, designated 15, began in November 2005.[5]

The downtown terminal, located at Great Jones St and W Main St, was relocated to a new transportation center, named Durham Station. This also serves the GoTriangle and Greyhound Lines buses on February 22, 2009. It now also serves Megabus and FlixBus. The building was designed by the Freelon group.[6] Triangle Transit decided to merge operations with DATA in 2010. As a result, DATA was dissolved, with Triangle Transit (now GoTriangle) handling management, planning, and marketing. The first major thing they did was in 2011, when DATA, along with GoTriangle began the Designing Better Bus Service project, a project offering the following improvements:

  • Better on-time performance.
  • Revamped routes, with new diversions.
  • Improved bus stop and route alignment.

These revamped routes debuted in two phases. Phase One, which affected routes 1 (became 1/1A/1B/1N), 6 (became 6/6B), and 11 (became 11/11B) began on September 29, 2012. The rest of the routes were changed on January 9, 2013.[7]

DATA to GoDurham[edit]

In 2015, as part of the GoTransit naming scheme, DATA was renamed GoDurham. Total ridership, for the fiscal year 2015 was almost 6.3 million ridership.[8] To plan enhance service, GoTriangle introduced GoDurham's Short-Range Transit Plan in April 2019.[9] This plan intended to speed up service while the original 2017 and current revision of the Durham Transit Plan were being done. These improvements were:

  • Further improve on-timer performance
  • Simplify routes, removing variations to make them more direct.
  • Introduce micro-transit on select areas.
  • Add better service to reduce wait times, introducing the Frequent Service Network program.
  • Add more direct, crosstown routes.

They offered the changes GoDurham can in the upcoming years. The plan was done by late 2019 and by January 2020, the new routes began running service. However, the implementation of the plan was slowed and eventually halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Pandemic[edit]

During the pandemic, GoDurham service ran normally until March 20. Service was reduced, as service was scheduled to end at 9:30 pm, similar to Sundays. On March 22, fare collections were suspended, and rear-door boarding was allowed. However, on March 30, GoDurham severely reduced service as operators start to drop. The following service changes were instituted.

  • Route 4: reduced to two-hour headways.
  • Route 5K: reduced service to hourly, leaving Durham Station at the :45 hour mark.
  • Route 7: reduced to two-hour headways.
  • Route 10B: reduced service to hourly, leaving Durham Station at the :15 hour mark.
  • Route 11/11B: eliminated trips.
  • Route 20: reduced service to hourly.

In April, bus capacity was reduced to 16 passengers. and seats were taped off from buses to prioritize social distancing. However, in May, they reduced service to a modified Sunday schedule. This took effect on May 4. This was short-lived as on May 18, some service was restored. The follow service restorations are as follows:

  • Route 1: Service restored to 30 minutes.
  • Route 2: Restored Trips
  • Route 3/3B/3C: Service fully restored, restoring 15-minute service between The Village & Durham Station
  • Route 4: Service restored to 30 minutes.
  • Route 5: Service restored to 30 minutes & trips restored.

By June 29, GoDurham restored all bus service back to pre-COVID service patterns. However, the aforementioned requirements are still in place. However, the year still had improvements. On July 30, the new Southpoint bus stop was opened. It replaced the former one in the parking lot. On September 8, the new Glenview Station stop was opened, replacing the one on E Geer St. In October 2020, GoDurham continued with the Short-Range Transit Plan, adding 15-minute service to Fayetteville St and adding better weekday evening and weekend service to various routes.

Reductions & Restorations[edit]

However, the effects of the pandemic were lingering, On June 29, 2021, service was reduced due to an operator shortage. The follow service reductions was introduced:

  • Route 1: Croasdaile Crossings service suspended. Evening service reduced to hourly.
  • Route 2: Modified morning trips.
  • Route 4: Evening service reduced to hourly.
  • Route 5: Daytime service reduced to half-hourly.
  • Route 6, 7, & 8: Service reduced to hourly.
  • Route 10B: 10B suspended.
  • Route 11/11B: Service reduced to hourly.
  • Route 12B: Suspended. Use GoTriangle's 700 route to Regional Transit Center.
  • Route 20: Suspended. Use adjacent routes to Duke University.
    The 5K route was restored in 2021. It lived long enough to see it running a Gillig Low Floor+ EV bus.

However, in late 2021, GoDurham started to restore service again. On November 8th, 2021, the 5K, despite being discontinued for the Fayetteville St corridor, and the 10B routes were restored.[10] To provide lost service to Croasdaile Crossings, on February 1, 2022, route 6 service was extended to serve Croasdaile Crossings during weekday daytime hours.[11] Major restorations occurred on October 28, when GoDurham restored 15-minute service, discontinuing the 5K route again, minor changes to the 11/11B routes, and restoring the 12B route. On February 13, service returned on route 7 to run half-hourly.[12]

Fares & Service Hours[edit]

Fare Type Single-Way 1 Day Pass 5 Day Pass 7 Day Pass 31 Day Pass
Standard $1.00 $2.00 $8.50 $12.00 $36.00
Discount $0.50 $1.00 $4.25 $6.00 $18.00
Student Free with a GoPass
Seniors Free without ID

Currently GoDurham is fare-free until summer 2023.

GoDurham currently runs in three service patterns. Weekday daytime hours which runs from 5:30 am to 6:00 pm, weekday evening hours which runs from 6:00 pm to 12:30 am, and Sundays which runs from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm[13] Sunday-level service is also operated during New Years, MLK Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, and Thanksgiving Day.[13] There is no service on Christmas Day. Service operates on Christmas Eve, however, service ends after 7:30 pm.[13]


The fleet livery changed throughout the years. The original livery, prior to 2003, had buses utilized blue stripes over a white body. However, with the introduction of Gillig Low Floors in 2003, buses used a white body with red, yellow, and blue stripes. In 2010 with the delivery of new Gillig BRT Hybrids, a new livery was created, which featured a brighter color, arc scheme on the buses. As the result of the transition to GoDurham, the livery was changed into a gray body with blue triangles in different hues. Retrofitted buses, which are the buses before the rebranding retain the black trim. All buses delivered after 2017 lack any black trim. The slogan used for the buses was changed to Connecting the Bull City.

2003-2009 (1st), 2009-2015 (2nd), 2016-Present (3rd, Now)

Current Fleet[edit]

GoDurham's fixed-route service currently runs 58 vehicles, running on 21 routes. GoDurham currently operates Gillig Low Floor & Gillig BRT buses, They currently run diesel, hybrid and even electric buses. As part of the clean-energy program, 20 Gillig BRT Hybrids were delivered to the city in 2009–2010.[14] Bicycle racks are fitted to the front of all buses to increase efforts for public transit. All buses are equipped with Wi-Fi on board. USB ports were introduced with the 2018-2019 units. On 2019, GoDurham placed an order for six electric buses. Two of these buses were delivered on Earth Day 2021. The rest of the fleet are expected to arrive by 2023, to replace aging units.[15][16] As of now, this is the current fleet as of April 2023.[17]

Image Year Bus Name Fleet Numbers Notes
GoDurham #805 operating on the 3C route.
2008 Gillig
Low Floor 40' Diesel
Total: 6 units

  • Delivered in July 2008
  • Refurbished and repowered in FY 2016-2017
  • Expected to start retiring in 2023
GoDurham#1016 operating on the 5 route.
2010 Gillig
1001-1020, 1201-1204

Total: 23 units

  • Delivered in July 2010 and 2012
  • Repowered in 2018, refurbished in 2021.
  • One unit, 1007, is unavailable due to an accident
GoDurham #1205 operating on the 9A route.
GoDurham #1711 operating on the 7 route.
2017 Gillig
Low Floor 40' Diesel
Total: 12 units
  • Delivered by August 2017
  • Expected to be repowered in 2023.
  • Used to retire a portion of 2003 units.
GoDurham #1902 operating on the 5 route.


1801-1803, 1901-1904
Total: 7 units
  • First units delivered in April 2018
  • The rest delivered in July–September 2019
  • Ordered to replace 2003 units.
  • First to include USB ports.
GoDurham#2109 operating on the 12 route.
2021 2103-2110
Total: 8 units
  • Delivered January 2022
  • Ordered to provide more service.
GoDurham #2101 operating on the now-defunct 5K route. This is one of the two electric buses given to GoDurham.
Low Floor Plus+ EV 40'
Total: 8 units

(under delivery)

  • 2101-2102 delivered Earth Day 2021
  • Durham's first-ever electric bus fleet.
  • Two units to replace remaining 2003 units
  • Six units are to be delivered by 2023 to replace 2008 units.

Retired Fleet[edit]

GoDurham or previously Durham Area Transit Authority operated previous buses from its inception in 1991. Photos may be provided.

Image Year Bus Model Fleet Numbers Notes
N/A 1992 OBI
Orion I (01.507)
(32 units)
  • The first buses were purchased by DATA in 1992 to replace old Duke Power Company units.
  • Originally numbered 101–131.
  • Retired in 2007, replaced by 2003, 2005, and 2008 Gillig Low Floors.
N/A 2000


Phantom 30' Diesel

(11 units)

  • Replaced some Orion I's
  • Mainly ran until 2009, and remained in reserve until 2011.
  • Retired in 2011 by 2008 Gillig Low Floors and 2009-2012 Gillig BRTs
GoDurham0329 9B.jpg 2003 Gillig
Low Floor 40' Diesel
(31 units)
  • Replaced all Orion I's. Repowered from DD50 to Cummins ISL, refurbished in 2010
  • Despite rebranding, many retained the old DATA livery. However, some units only ran with a white body and GoDurham logos
  • Retired in 2022 by 2017, 2018, and 2019 Gilligs, and the two electric buses. The last units running were 0325 and 0329, which last ran on 12/29/21.
GoDurham0501 9A.jpg
2005 0501
(1 unit)
  • Sole 2005 unit. Probably refurbished by 2012.
  • Despite being close to the 2003 models, the unit was retrofitted with the GoDurham scheme.
  • Retired in 2020 or 2021.


Current Routes[edit]

Here is the list of routes in the current system. Refer to the GoDurham site for more information.[18] As of May 2023, some route operate reduced service or are suspended. Select routes run under the Frequent Service Network program, which provides 15-minute service during daytime hours and 30-minute service during evenings and weekends. Every route, with the exception of route 20 stops and terminates at Durham Station.

Route Terminal Streets Served Notes
1 Horton Rd
Guess Rd
North Pointe Dr, Northgate, & Guess Rd
  • This route occasionally serves Croasdaile Crossing during select trips.
  • Service operates half-hourly service all week.
2 Brier Creek Shopping Center E. Main St, Angier Avenue, & Brier Creek
  • Service operates half-hourly service all week.
  • Frequent Service Network route. Operates via Main Street from Durham Station & Alston Avenue with routes 12/12B.
3 Glenview Station
Holloway St, The Village, & E Geer St
  • Route 3 operates half-hourly service all week.
  • Route 3B operates hourly service all week
  • Route 3C operates hourly service during Monday to Saturday
  • Frequent Service Network route. Operates from Durham Station & The Village Shopping Center with routes 3B/3C
3B Southern High School
Freeman Road
Holloway St, The Village & Freeman Rd
3C Alston Avenue
Main Street
Holloway St, The Village, & Alston Ave
4 Horton Rd
North Duke Crossing
N. Roxboro St & N. Duke St
  • Service operates half-hourly service all week.
5 The Streets at Southpoint Fayetteville St, NCCU, & Renaissance Pkwy
  • Frequent Service Network route. Operates via Fayetteville St from Durham Station to The Streets at Southpoint.
6 Douglas St
Pratt St
W. Chapel Hill St, Flowers Rd, & Hillandale Rd
  • Service operates half-hourly service during daytime hours, and hourly service during weekends and evenings.[note 1][note 2]
7 Forest Hills Shopping Center
MLK Jr. Pkwy
S. Roxboro St, Weaver Av, & MLK Jr. Pkwy
  • Service operates half-hourly service during daytime hours, and hourly service during weekends and evenings.
8 Capps St
Alston Avenue
S. Roxboro St, Lawson St, & Briggs Av
  • Service operates half-hourly service during daytime hours, and hourly service during weekends and evenings.[note 1]
9 Riverview Shopping Center Dearborn Dr, N. Roxboro Rd, & Horton Rd
  • Service operates hourly service on all routes.
  • Route 9 runs during weekday evenings, Sundays, and holidays.
  • Route 9A/9B runs during weekday daytime hours
  • From Oxford Commons to Durham Station, 9A/9B routes run half-hourly service.
9A Riverside High School
9B Northern High School Dearborn Dr, Ben Franklin Rd, & N. Roxboro Rd[note 3]
10 New Hope Commons Chapel Hill Rd, University Drive, & Garrett Road
  • Service operates half-hourly service all week.
  • Frequent Service Network route. Operates with route 10B from Durham Station & South Square.
  • Every hour, buses stop at Nation Av at Bedford St.
10B South Square via Chapel Hill Rd, University Drive, & Westgate Dr
  • Service operates 30-minute service during weekdays.
  • Frequent Service Network route. Operates with route 10 from Durham Station & South Square.
11 Hillsborough Rd
US 15-501 SB
W. Main St, Hillsborough Rd, & Erwin Road
  • Service operates half-hourly service all week.
  • Frequent Service Network route. Operates with route 11 from Durham Station & Duke/VA Hospitals
11B Constitution Dr
Neal Road
W. Main St, Hillsborough Rd, & Neal Road
  • Service operates hourly service all week.
  • Frequent Service Network route. Operates with route 11B from Durham Station & Duke/VA Hospitals
12 The Streets at Southpoint E. Main St, NCCU, & Renaissance Pkwy
  • Service operates hourly service all week.
  • Frequent Service Network route. Operates 15-minute service from Durham Station & Alston Avenue with route 2.
  • In Alston Avenue, from Main St to NC 55, service runs half-hourly with route 12B.
12B GoTriangle
Regional Transit Center

E. Main St, NCCU, and Regional Transit Center
  • Service operates hourly service during weekday daytime hours.
  • Frequent Service Network route. Runs with the 2 and 12 routes via Main St to Alston Avenue.
  • In Alston Avenue, from Main St to NC 55, service runs half-hourly with route 12.
20 Woodcroft Shopping Center Duke University
VA Hospitals
Woodcroft, South Square, & Duke & VA Limited[note 4]
  • Service operates half-hourly service during weekday rush hours, making this one of two routes that only run during rush hours.
  • This route doesn't serve Durham Station, however, connections are available to routes 6, 10/10B, 11/11B, and 12.
NHS Northern High School Tripper[note 4]
  • Two select trips, designated as the NHS tripper, run non-stop from Northern High School to Durham Station.
  1. ^ a b Due to operator shortages, daytime service is hourly until further notice.
  2. ^ As of February 2022, service is temporarily extended to Croasdaile Commons during weekdays
  3. ^ During the PM rush, two 9B trips makes no stops from Northern High School to Durham Station. While considered 9B trips, they are identified as the NHS Tripper route.
  4. ^ a b Due to operator shortages, Route 20 and the NHS Tripper is temporally suspended until further notice.

Former Routes[edit]

Many routes were changed or eliminated during the years. Many routes were eliminated due to low ridership, different transit plans, and alternative services. Many routes are from the Creating Better Bus Service plan in 2012-2013 and the Short-Range Transit Plan in 2019–2020. This does not include any extensions or reductions in existing routes.

Some route's designations were used multiple times and are aforementioned as what service. Years will be provided to indicate history.

Route Terminal A Terminus B Streets Served Notes & Replacements
BCC Bull City Connector
  • A fare-free route connecting Downtown Durham.
  • Operated 15-minute service during weekday daytime hours and 20 minutes during weekends and weekday evenings
  • Increased resources on GoDurham's fleet and routes.
  • Discontinued in 2020 as part of the Short Range Transit Plan and low ridership.[9]
1A Croasdaile Crossing North Pointe, Northgate, & Croasdaile Crossing
  • 1A serves Croasdaile Crossing and North Pointe Shopping Center. 1B skips North Pointe Dr, running only on Guess Rd.
  • Route 1 runs all week. Croasdale Crossings is now served during limited runs.
  • Discontinued in 2020 as part of the Short Range Transit Plan.
1B Horton Rd
Guess Rd
Northgate, Guess Road, & Willowdale
1N Northgate Mall & Durham Station
  • Small shuttle service connecting Downtown Durham and Northgate Mall.
  • Merged into the 1A/1B routes.
  • Unknown when discontinued.
2 Page Rd
Angier Av
E. Main St, Angier Ave, & Page Rd
  • Discontinued in 2020 as part of the Short Range Transit Plan.
  • 2A merged with the 2 route, which then took over the discontinued 15 route into a single route 2.
2A Angier Ave & Page Rd
2B The Village Shopping Center Angier Ave, Eastern Durham, & The Village
  • Restructured 3C route replaces section in The Village. Route 2 will provide more service.
  • Discontinued in 2020 as part of the Short Range Transit Plan.
3T Holloway St, The Village, & Glenview Station
  • None
5 South Square Fayetteville St, NCCU, & South Square
  • Now serves the Streets at Southpoint, replacing the 7 route ahead of MLK Jr. Pkwy.
  • South Square service was replaced by the 10B route.
  • Discontinued in 2013 as part of the Designing Better Service plan.
5K MLK Jr. Pkwy
Fayetteville Rd
Fayetteville St, NCCU, & MLK Jr. Pkwy
  • Originally discontinued in 2020, restored in Fall 2021.
  • Discontinued October 2022. Frequent Service Network restored on Fayetteville St, route 5 operates all 15-minute service.
6 Hillsborough Rd Duke/VA | American Village
  • Discontinued in 2020 as part of the Short-Range Transit Plan
  • Simplified in a new 6 route, which serves Crest St, Duke/VA, and Durham Station.
6B Constitution Dr Duke/VA | Sparger Road
7 Highway 55
Sedwick Dr
Fayetteville St, S. Roxboro St, & NC-54
  • Serves Fayetteville St after MLK Jr Pkwy. Serves the Streets at Southpoint.
  • Service below MLK Jr. Pkwy is operated by a new route 5.
  • Service now turns to MLK Jr. Pkwy to existing 7 route.
9 Oxford Commons Dearborn Drive, Durham Regional Hospital, & Oxford Commons
  • Once reaching downtown, it will run the 11 route.
  • Service extended to Riverview Shopping Center.
  • However, service reduced to only weekday evenings and weekends/holidays.
10 University Place
New Hope Commons
Woodcroft Pkwy
Woodcroft & New Hope Commons
  • Discontinued in 2013 due to the Designing Better Bus Service Plan
  • Split into the 10A and 10B routes. 10A covers most of the former route and 10B is a new route providing additional service to South Square.
10A New Hope Commons University Drive, South Square, & New Hope Commons
  • Route 10 replicates exact route. Used that instead.
10L University Place Jordan High School Jordan High School Link
  • Originally designated as the 10T in the final plan.
  • Operated during rush-hours only
  • Currently now served by route 20.
12B Lowe's Grove Middle School
  • Not directly, however routes 12/12B and GoTriangle's 805 stops near it.
13 The Village Shopping Center Birchwood
Lynn Road
Durham Technical Community College & The Village
  • Crosstown Route
  • Discontinued in January 2013, as part of the Designing Better Bus Service
  • None. Requires Transfers
  • Planned to be restored as the 16 route.
NCCU Campus Shuttle[19]
  • Fare-Free Shuttle running every 20 minutes from 7:30 am to 11 pm.
  • Discontinued somewhere around 2009
  • NCCU is still offered by the 5, 8 and 12/12B routes.
The Streets at Southpoint NC-54
Alston Av
NC-54, The Streets at Southpoint, Woodcroft Pkwy
  • Interlined with the 12 route. During weekends and weekday evenings, its interlined with the 5 route.
  • Discontinued in 2020 as part of the Short Range Transit Plan.
  • Route 14 trips now incorporated into the 12 route. Woodcroft is provided by on-demand service.
15 Brier Creek
  • "Express" route via Durham Freeway
  • Collaboration with DATA and CAT (Now GoRaleigh), introduced in November 2005.
  • Discontinued in 2020. Now served by an extended 2 route from Angier Avenue.
16 Southern High School
Freeman Rd
The Village Shopping Center Southern High School & The Village
  • Routes 16 and 16A merged into one route, which was renamed the 3B route.
  • The portion after Lynn Road extended into a new route, named the 3C route.
16A Southern High School The Village, NC-98, & Southern High School


Rummel St
Highway 98
The Village, Birchwood, & Ross Road
  • Section replaced by the new 3B and then 3C routes.
Neal Middle School Neal Middle School & Southern High School
  • None
South Square
Duke Medical Center Westgate Dr, Garrett Rd, & Chapel Hill Rd
  • 17 is a loop route. Serves South Square Mall, Woodcroft Shopping Center, New Hope Commons, and Duke Medical Center.
  • 17A is a short variant of the route, only running during evenings. Serving NCCU, South Square Mall, and New Hope Commons.
  • Discontinued in Q2 2003. Restored by Q3 2003 as a brand new route
17A Lakewood
Roxboro St
New Hope Commons Fayetteville St, Cornwallis Rd, & University Dr[20]
17 (Second) Foxfire Apartments
Horton Rd
Durham Tech - North Campus
Torrege Rd
Snow Hill Road & Horton Road
  • Added on Q3 2003.[21] Completely new route. Discontinued January 2013, as part of the Designing Better Bus Service project.
  • Replaced by the 9A/9B routes. 9A serves Horton Rd portion and route 9B runs the 17 until Northern High School.
23 Angier Av
Guthrie Av
The Village Shopping Center The Village & NC-98 Loop & East Durham
  • Replaced with restructured 3B route that now runs everyday.
  • Discontinued in 2020 as part of the Short Range Transit Plan.


GoDurham Better Bus Project[edit]

The GoDurham Better Bus Project is a program created in 2019 by the City of Durham to plan and improve current bus stops, crosswalks, and roads to both make bus stops more comfortable for riders and to speed up GoDurham service. The 18-month plan, which has six projects plans to improve major corridor routes, more attention on both Holloway Street and Fayetteville Street bus lines.[22]

Currently, GoDurham's planned projects are shown here, expected to be planned and finished by 2023-2024:

  • Bus Access Project[23] - Will allow easier access to bus stops by adding sidewalks 1/4th mile from a GoDurham bus stop.
  • Bus Speed and Reliability Project[24] - Allows for the improvement of bus service by prioritizing buses in traffic, pavement markings, and better signage.
  • Durham Station Transit Area[25] - This project will evaluate current streets in Downtown Durham taken by GoDurham buses and improving those streets to speed up service to/from Durham Station
  • Fayetteville Street Corridor[26] - This project would allow major improvements around Fayetteville Street like enhanced bus stops, better traffic, and safer access which will increase reliability, safety, and will speed up the route.
  • Holloway Street Corridor and Village Transit Center[27] - This project will allow the same enhancements on Holloway Street. This will also allow major upgrades on The Village Shopping Center.
  • Bus Stop Balancing Study - Will remove low ridership stops and modify existing stops to increase service reliability.[28]

Durham Transit Plan[edit]

The Durham Transit Plan is the plan for GoDurham's long-term future bus improvements for the city by 2040.[29] In April 2011, Durham County added a sales tax for public transit to allow this plan to happen. This plans allows for the improvement of bus stops, acquire electric vehicles, and increased 30 and 15-minute service. Durham was recently awarded $10.8 million in funding, which will allow GoDurham to advance with this plan.[16]

Current Progress[edit]

The program is currently in its middle phase. This has affected the system already. Current changes since November 2022 are:

  • Creating brand new bus terminals in The Streets at Southpoint and Glenview Station as part of their Bus Stop Improvement program.[30]
    • Improving 90 bus stops with benches and/or adding shelters.
  • Order six electric buses, two of them have since been delivered.
  • Increasing 30-minute service on overnights and Sundays on routes 1, 2, 4, 3, 5, 10, and 11.
  • Adding all or some 15-minute service or Frequent Service Network on routes 5, 3/3B/3C, 2/12/12B, and 11/11B.
  • Microtransit on the East and North Durham Zones.

Future Progress[edit]

The Final Plan is currently done. It will await voting later in the year and will be implemented by summer 2023.

Funding has been approved for these services, which the changes could happen in a year. These changes would be:

  • Create a crosstown route connecting Duke/VA Hospitals and Duke Regional Hospital. (route 16)
  • Extend service on routes 9A/9B to midnight, thus route 9 service would only run partially in Saturday and only run all day on Sunday.
  • Improve 75 bus stops are scheduled to be improved, with 114 more being planned.
  • Increase frequency on route 3 and add midday service on GoTriangle's 405 route.

These are the planned changes for the next five years. These are:

  • Increase all service to 30-minute frequency during weekdays, evening, and weekends
  • Create a crosstown route (route 17) between The Village and NCCU.
  • Add route 4 and 9 to the Frequent Service Network program.
    • Increase service to GoTriangle's 400 and 700 routes.
    • Extend route 4 to Danube/Herbon.
  • Help fund GoTriangle's commuter rail project.
  • Rebuild Durham Station, which will provide double the lanes, weather prevention improvements, and increased security.

These other ideas are being considered to be added in the far future. These include:

  • Create a transit center in North Duke Crossing [4/9/9A/9B]
  • Acquire more buses for increased service.
  • Relocate GoTriangle's Regional Transit Center.
  • Extend Chapel Hill Transit's D route to Patterson Place.
  • Provide ideas for North Durham [4/9/9A/9B/16] and Chapel Hill Rd [10/10B] Transit Corridors.


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