Welcome new members of the Commuter Alternative Program (CAP)!

This monthly newsletter contains info on transit service changes, bike events, traffic detours, and other news that may affect your commute. Please read the "Important Announcements" to stay in the know.

Important Announcements

UNC and Town Park & Ride fees are being enforced.

Route changes for Triangle Transit and Chapel Hill Transit are now in effect.

Cyclicious annual event is Tuesday, August 20th, 11am – 2pm, in The Pit. Come out to meet other UNC cyclists, get free bike info, maintenance check, and goodies!

New Bicycle Master Plan will help make UNC a Bicycle Friendly University!

Save over $1,000/year in gas! Join a vanpool from Burlington, Graham, Mebane, Apex, Cary, or Siler City, and start saving today!

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Transit Alerts

Triangle Transit Service Adjustments (Effective August 19th)

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Route 800 buses now run every 15 minutes from Southpoint Mall during morning and afternoon peak periods. Eastbound trips take Barbee Chapel Road to beat the traffic on Hwy 54 between 4:30pm and 5:30pm. For other route changes, please read more here.

Chapel Hill Transit Service Adjustments (Effective August 19th)

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Routes No Longer on Detour
CCX, CPX, J, JFX, NS, PX, RU, V and Saturday JN return to regular routes and schedules. Temporary bus stops have been located on South Columbia Street.

Routes on Detour
D Route will continue on detour until Culbreth Road is reopened and will not serve Culbreth Road, Smith Level Road or the NC 54 Bypass (Kingswood Apartments).  The Culbreth Road Shuttle will continue to operate for the duration of the detour.  

Routes with Schedule Changes 

  • CM, CW, D & J Routes: Evening/night service will resume and will operate year round.
  • NU Route:  Evening/night service will resume.
  • F Route: Added 7:38pm trip from Old Fayetteville Road at Pine Grove and 8:45pm trip from Colony Woods.
  • NS Route: Adjusted arrival of 6:05am, 6:35am, and 7:05am trips at Eubanks Park & Ride to better coordinate with Triangle Transit’s CRX Route.
  • Saturday CM & CW: Added additional trips (effective August 24).
  • Saturday JN: Added 9:10am trip from Estes Park Apartments (effective August 24).

Safe Rides will begin operating on Thursday, August 22 and will operate on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings when UNC is in session.

EZ Rider will operate from 5:30am to 12am (Monday – Friday), from 8:15am to 11:30pm (Saturdays) and from 10:30am to 11:30pm (Sundays).

Holiday Schedule

Chapel Hill Transit and Triangle Transit services will not operate on Monday, September 2nd, in observance of the Labor Day holiday. 

New Triangle Transit Website

Check out Triangle Transit's videos on their new website and mobile app. Then, enjoy a tour of their new website at triangletransit.org.

Park & Ride Lot Fees (Effective August 15th)

All Park & Ride (P&R) lots managed by UNC and the Towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro now require permits.  UNC day/week passes are printable online, and UNC annual permits are mailed after online registration.  The Towns offer monthly and annual permits online; day passes may be purchased from pay stations at each lot.

Purchase permits for UNC P&R lots  (Friday Center, NC Hwy. 54, Hedrick Bldg., Chatham County, Franklin Street, 725 MLK, Jr. Blvd.)

* To get an annual permit, register for the Commuter Alternative Program (CAP) and select Park & Ride as commute option.

Purchase permits for Town P&R lots  (Eubanks, Southern Village, Jones Ferry, Carrboro Plaza)

* UNC annual permits are valid in Town lots.

Carrboro public parking lots are NOT for long-term parking

Carrboro offers free, 2-hour parking during the day (7am – 5:30pm) in municipal lots around downtown (map), convenient to local businesses.  They’re not for long-term parking. Instead of worrying about parking, try taking Chapel Hill Transit (J, F, or CW routes), cycling, or walking to get to downtown Carrboro.

If you need to park, please note that Carrboro police will enforce the 2-hour parking limit in all downtown Carrboro public parking lots. Also, there is no overnight parking (3am – 5am). Parking tickets are $35.



Fun Cycling Events Coming Up!

Cyclicious: A Celebration of Bicycle Transportation 
Tuesday, August 20th, 11am – 2pm, @ UNC in The Pit

You could win a FREE bike! Come out to meet other UNC cyclists, learn about biking to campus, and get free stuff! This event is sponsored by Cyclicious, UNC Counseling and Wellness Services, UNC Public Safety, The Bicycle Chain, and the ReCYCLEry.

The ReCYCLEry's Sale/Swap Event
Saturday, August 24th, 10am – 3pm, @ 108 N Graham St, Chapel Hill

Come sort through treasures, look over fully-tuned bikes for sale, find those clipless pedals you always wanted, that stem you always wished for, and more!  RSVP on Facebook.

Fix-a-Flat Workshop
Saturday, August 24th, 3pm, @ Kingswood Apts. Laundromat

Free workshop to teach you how to change a flat tire. Participants will receive the knowledge and the tools they need to fix a flat.

Bicycle Auction
Thursday, September 12, 5:30pm – 8pm, @ Business School Deck

Hundreds of bicycles will be available for viewing!  Come out to get your wheels at the Annual Charity Bicycle Auction.

New UNC Bicycle Master Plan

The University is currently working with the Town of Chapel Hill to develop a plan for our biking future. You can participate!

  1. Take the bicycle survey (by August 23).  It'll only take 5 minutes.
  2. Mark up the WikiMap with improvements you would like to see.
  3. Attend the campus open house in October. More details to come.
  4. Like The Chapel Hill Bike Plan on Facebook.

For updates, visit the Bicycle Master Plan Website at dps.unc.edu/bikeplan.


Vanpool to Receive $20/Month

UNC is pleased to offer all employees and students a subsidy of $20 per month toward the fare of a Triangle Transit or PART vanpool.

For as little as $60 per month, vanpool fares include:

Join a vanpool today at dps.unc.edu/vanpool so you can spend your commute chatting and laughing with other Tar Heels!


Carpool and Save in the Fall Term

Try carpooling this semester and see how much money you'll save! Try sharing the ride a couple days a week and you could save hundreds each year.

Zimride is private to UNC, and you can easily add your commute or road trip to match up with others going the same way.

Free ride-matching at zimride.unc.edu

CAP Merchants

CAP Discounts and Prizes

Many local restaurants and shops support UNC's Commuter Alternative Program (CAP). Some offer discounts for food, products and services, while others donate gifts for the random prize drawings.

Click here to see a full list of discounts provided to all CAP members! Just show the CAP Discount Card during checkout.

News from Our Sponsors

Chapel Hill Tire Car Care Center has four convenient locations to UNC. They are celebrating 60 years of serving the community by offering the following CAP Member Coupons, including $30 off your first visit just for trying them. Chapel Hill Tire Car Care Center offers complimentary shuttle service to and from campus.


Zipcar gives you wheels when you want them!

Thinking about everything you need to do for back to school can get a little overwhelming. You need to buy books, enroll in the best classes, start a prank war and stock up on snacks. It’s exhausting. Zipcar can’t help with the pranks or classes, but they can get you off campus to stock up on everything else you might need if you’re not bringing a car to campus.

Zipcar is a member-based car-sharing service on campus that allows 18+ students to use their cars by the hour or the day with gas and insurance always included. So, if you decide to leave the car at home to save on parking and insurance, then Zipcar can help you get off campus, get home to visit your parents or head out on a road trip with the people from your hall.

To celebrate the new school year, Zipcar is taking $10 off your annual fee and giving your first $25 in driving for free. Make sure to enter promo code: B2S2013 when you sign up at zipcar.com/unc.


Traffic & Parking Alerts

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations are now powered up and running in the Cobb Parking Deck, the Business School Parking Deck, and at Giles Horney.

South Columbia Street and Cameron Avenue are now open to all traffic.

Craige Parking Deck

Other Construction Projects


Questions or Comments?
Email us at cap@unc.edu or call 919-843-4414.