Bus service will be expanded throughout Durham and Orange counties to provide more frequent and more accessible connections throughout both counties and to other parts of the region.
The updated County Transit Plans provide additional funds for bus services, including funding that will help to purchase new and replacement buses.
Bus Service Expansion
The updated County Transit Plans continue to support a number of bus service expansions that have occurred since 2013, when the tax district revenues began to be collected.
Chapel Hill Transit, Durham County ACCESS, GoDurham, GoTriangle and OPT have plans to implement new bus services – including new routes and increased service frequency on existing routes and — and will maintain services that have already been added using the dedicated transit revenues.
These proposed service expansions are subject to change as the agencies evaluate existing services, study new potential services, and as they look at future service needs, ridership trends and public input.
In 2017, both GoTriangle, GoDurham and Chapel Hill Transit plan to begin short-range planning efforts to develop plans for new and revised services over the next five years. Likewise, OPT plans to update a 5-year plan previously adopted by the Orange County Commissioners.
- Chapel Hill Transit plans to add 6,400 service hours over the next two years in addition to the 6,100 annual service hours implemented since 2013, and to purchase 10 new vehicles using the dedicated transit revenues.
- Durham County ACCESS plans to provide over 8,000 additional trips by 2018, and to purchase seven new vehicles.
- GoDurham has added 24,350 additional service hours since 2013, and plans to purchase one additional vehicle on top of the five vehicles already purchased.
- GoTriangle plans to add 7,700 service hours over the next two years in addition to the 14,340 additional annual service hours implemented since 2013 (7,640 in Durham County; 6,700 in Orange County), and to purchase four additional vehicles using the dedicated transit revenues on top of the four vehicles already purchased.
- Orange Public Transportation plans to add 2,400 additional service hours over the next three years in addition to the 4,500 additional annual service hours implemented since 2013, and to purchase six additional vehicles.
Increased Cost of Existing Service
As transit agencies continue to operate services, the cost to operate service can grow beyond the revenue available to pay for that service. Revenues raised by the $7 vehicle-registration fee can be used to cover the increased cost of operating the agencies’ service that they provided before the original plans took effect.
- Chapel Hill Transit has allocated the full eligible amount available which will support about 6,100 hours of service in fiscal year 2018.
- GoDurham has allocated the full eligible amount available which will support about 9,100 hours of service in fiscal year 2018.
- GoTriangle is not authorized to use the dedicated transit revenues to support the increased costs of existing services.
- Orange Public Transportation has allocated the full eligible amount available which will support about 2,250 hours of service in fiscal year 2018.