Important Announcements

Franklin Street Park & Ride is closing January 1, 2014. UNC Park & Ride permits will no longer be valid in the lot at 1211 E. Franklin Street (by the Masonic Lodge).  For other options, check out other local Park & Ride lots or these free regional lots served by Triangle Transit.

Triangle Transit is proposing fare increases for 2014. Click here for details and to leave your comments.

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Events | Transit | Bike | Vanpool | Carpool | CAP Merchants | Zipcar | Traffic / Parking

 


Events

Cycle in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro Christmas Parade

Saturday, Dec. 14th, 9:30am
Morehead Planetarium

The ReCYCLEry and The Carrboro Bike Coalition are inviting all riders to join in for our annual ride through the streets at the Chapel Hill/Carrboro Holiday Parade on December 14.  Decorate your bikes in their best Holiday gear and join the ride!

The parade starts at 10am (and parade position will be announced after the newsletter prints) so please plan on looking for the group of cyclists near Morehead Planetarium no later than 9:30am.  Everything and everyone on wheels is encouraged and welcomed – kids, adults, trikes, cargo bikes, tall bikes, scooters!  Come be in the parade with us!

Fill the Bus for Toys for Tots

Saturday, Dec. 14th, 3:45pm
Friday Center / University Mall / Smith Center

Chapel Hill Transit and the North Carolina Athletics Department are joining together with Toys for Tots to provide gifts for low income children living in Orange County.  Bring a new, unwrapped toy to 'fill the bus' at the Friday Center or University Mall Park & Ride lots, or bring your toy to the game and fill the boxes located at the Smith Center. All toys will stay in Orange County to brighten the lives of our kids during the holidays.  Gift ideas and more information about Orange County’s program can found at http://hillsborough-nc.toysfortots.org.



Transit Alerts

Sign up for Transit Alerts

Don't get stranded at the bus stop! Find out about detours and schedule changes before they happen by signing up for Chapel Hill Transit Alerts and Triangle Transit Alerts.

Chapel Hill Transit Winter Break Schedule

Chapel Hill Transit will operate on a winter break schedule from Saturday, December 14th through Saturday, January 4th.  During this time, the weekday NU route will end at 8:29pm and the Safe Rides and Saturday/Sunday U and NU routes will not operate.  The last day for the Saturday/Sunday U and NU routes in December will be the 8th and Safe Rides will end on December 14th. EZ Rider services will end at 6:52pm on Saturdays.

Chapel Hill Transit will resume a regular service on Sunday, January 5th. 

Chapel Hill Transit Holiday Schedule

Chapel Hill Transit services will operate the following schedule in observance of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays:

Triangle Transit and DATA Holiday Schedules

Triangle Transit will be closed on December 24th and 25th for Christmas and on January 1st for New Year’s Day. Click here for DATA holiday service hours.

Robertson Scholars Express (RSX) Winter Break

The RSX to Duke will not run during winter break, December 14 - January 7. Please check out Triangle Transit routes 400 and 405 for service from Durham during this time. See the RSX spring schedule for details on this route.

Franklin Street Park & Ride Closed

Beginning January 1, 2014, UNC Park & Ride permits will no longer be valid in the Franklin Street Park & Ride lot at 1211 E. Franklin Street (by the Masonic Lodge).  For other options, check out these local Park & Ride lots or these free regional lots served by Triangle Transit.

Triangle Transit Detours for CRX, DRX, 100 & 105

Hillsborough Street in Raleigh will be closed beginning 12/19 between Dixie Trail to Concord Street. Click here for details on alternate bus stops.

Triangle Transit Proposed Fare Increases

Triangle Transit has not increased fare prices since 2005.  During that time, costs to operate bus services have risen due to inflation, and customer fares have not kept pace. To close this growing gap, Triangle Transit and Capital Area Transit (CAT) have proposed fare increases in 2014 and 2015.  The proposal is intended to:

- Address cuts in federal funding
- Fund needed vehicle replacements over the next decade
- Off-set rising fuel and labor costs

Find more information about the proposal and provide feedback at www.gotriangle.org/fareincrease.

Triangle Transit Ambassador Program

Ambassadors serve an important role in helping new riders learn the bus routes. If you like riding the bus and enjoy helping others, please sign up to be an Ambassador!

 

Cycle Around UNC!

Cruiser ride in Carrboro will focus on riding safely with free bike lights!

Do you want to ride at night, but don’t have bike lights?  Or, do you already ride at night without lights? Then come to the ReCYCLEry shop at 108 N. Graham Street for their weekly Thursday night cruiser ride at 7 pm and get your FREE bike light from the Watch for Me NC bicycle and pedestrian safety campaign. Riders of all shapes, sizes and skill levels are encouraged to attend.

Earn a Free Bike!

ReCYCLEry NC offers free workshops for repairing neglected or donated bikes. Stop by with your bike, or choose a bike you like, and build your own set of wheels! Mechanics will be there to guide you, so no prior experience is necessary!

UNC Bicycle Master Plan Update

If you are tired of waiting for safer streets, finished trails, new bike lanes and cycle tracks, bikeshare expansions and other delayed bike projects – now's your chance to speak up for bicycling! Check out the draft bike plan and give your feedback at dps.unc.edu/bikeplan. Comments will only be accepted until the end of December, so be sure to give feedback soon!

Carolina Bicycle Coalition

If you're a student and enjoy biking around UNC, join the Carolina Bicycle Coalition (CBC) to meet other students and improve cycling around campus.

 


UNC Vanpools

Vanpools with Open Seats

Sit back, relax and enjoy the easiest ride to work!

We’re Looking for a Few Good Riders…You don’t have to look like Kevin Bacon or Demi Moore, but it couldn’t hurt. Want to save lots of money, have a good time, meet new friends, and get to work on time?

Join our vanpools with seats available Monday - Friday from Apex, Cary, Graham, Mebane, and Siler City. Click here to request more information.

Save Time! Save Money! Reduce Stress! Join A Vanpool Today!

New Vanpool Forming from Mebane

A UNC employee is working to start a new vanpool from downtown Mebane, departing from the Century Link building around 7 to 7:15am. The van would drop off at the AOB complex and other places, depending on the riders. The van would leave AOB around 4:30 or 5pm. If you're interested in joining this van, please contact Janet Clarke at jlclarke@ehs.unc.edu or 919-883-7163.

 

Tis the Season to Share Rides!

Zimride.unc.edu

If you're planning a trip for winter break, post it on Zimride to share the ride and save money! Drivers can sell their empty seats and passengers can find affordable ride options to go all over the state and beyond! Happy Holidays!!

UNC.ShareTheRideNC.org

Give the gift of a cheaper commute! Sign up at ShareTheRideNC to find carpool matches, so you and another Tar Heel can pay 1/2 price for your commute and only drive 1/2 the time. It's a win-win present!

 


CAP Merchants

CAP Member Discounts

Commuter Alternative Program (CAP) members can save money on Christmas presents by shopping at local shops that support CAP.

Chapel Hill Tire Car Care Center

Help change a life by changing your oil at Chapel Hill Tire Car Care Center. Bring in 4 cans of food by the end of December and receive $10 off an oil change. Chapel Hill Tire Car Care Center has four convenient locations serving UNC. All food donations will go to The Inter-Faith Council for Social Service. Chapel Hill Tire Car Care Center has been serving the community for  60 years. To learn more, go to www.chapelhilltire.com.



Zipcar

Ask for the gift of freedom

Right now, you’re about to head home for a much-deserved break, but soon you’ll head back to campus and you’ll want to drive to Target or hit the road to visit friends. To make it easier on yourself next year, why not ask for a Zipcar gift certificate now? (we call it the Gift of Zip.) It’ll help pay for driving or membership to Zipcar AND it’ll save your parents money since you still won’t be paying to have a car on campus. That’s a win-win.

Zipcar is a member-based car sharing service on campus that allows students 18 years and older to use cars by the hour or day, with gas and insurance always included. If you aren’t yet a member and would like to learn more before asking your friends and family for the gift of zip, check us out at zipcar.com/how.

Are you a CAP member? Go ahead and sign up for just $10. Visit zipcar.com/unccap and use promo code GIFTOFZIP by December 31st to get $20 in free driving credit to get you started!

 


Traffic & Parking Alerts

UNC Men's Basketball Parking and Transportation Info

UNC Women's Basketball Parking and Transportation Info

Craige Parking Deck Expansion Project

Other Construction Projects

Are you prepared for 40/440 Fortify construction project?
40/440 Fortify construction began in early December. If you travel to campus from Eastern Wake County, make sure you have a plan to get around the upcoming construction. Check out my40ride.com for ways to get around.

 


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