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Durham opens downtown transportation hub

Posted February 23, 2009

— City officials dedicated a downtown transportation center Monday to serve as Durham's hub for local and regional bus service and taxi service.

About 90 percent of Durham Area Transit Authority's passengers are expected to travel through the $17.5 million station, at 515 W. Pettigrew St. The two-story, 10,300-square-foot building include 20 canopied bus bays, six parking spaces for cabs and a "kiss-and-ride" drop-off location.

The transportation center sits on the site of the former Heart of Durham Hotel, which was demolished five years ago after sitting vacant for several years.


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  • US VET Feb 23, 2009

    More money spent for nothing .. look at the buses after 4 PM they are either empty or have one or two riders..

  • smitty Feb 23, 2009

    $12M bus stop, well done Durham. The original 1996 plan was for a multimodal bus/train station but nobody could agree on anything. Now they will have 2 separate buildings.

    Have fun dragging your luggage over the train tracks and across Chapel Hill Street to the bus station when the new Amtrak station opens.

  • Caveman93 Feb 23, 2009

    Well Yippiededooda! More of my tax money obviously well spent!

  • lb27608 Feb 23, 2009

    And what if my goal is to avoid the crime-ridden downtown?

    There are relatively few crimes downtown, especially near the new bus station (and American Tobacco.) Perception is one thing, but the data tells a very different story.

  • DougWare.NET Feb 23, 2009


    Thanks...I live in Durham and understand why it's required. I had just never heard it referred to as a CCP.

    As I've said it before and will say again...it never ceases to amaze me how many "groups" are standing on corners in downtown Durham at 2:30am, and if you have to go back through at 4:30am...the same groups are standing in the same place.

  • 68_polara Feb 23, 2009

    CCP Concealed carry permit. It's as necessary as wearing a seat belt in Durham.

  • Rolling Along Feb 23, 2009

    Now they have the fancy center...update the bus routes. The old hub and spoke system doesn't work, without connectors out at the "rim"

  • ops12305 Feb 23, 2009

    DougWare.NET: I am not 68 polara, but usually is Concealed Carry Permit also sometimes called CHP or Concealed Handgun Permit.

  • Phrostbite Feb 23, 2009

    I agree with the others, they should've followed the model in Charlotte. Amtrak, Local Bus, Greyhound/Trailways, & commuter rail all sharing a hub.

  • ABM Feb 23, 2009

    They should have combined it with the train station and that way everything would meet at one location for changing services. Raleigh is hoping to build one main station for TTA, CAT, Trailways, and Amtrak.

    It is at the same location, 5 min apart walking distance, this will be great, connecting people with places!