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New Buses, More Transit Service Planned for Chapel Hill

Posted August 16, 2007 3:36 p.m. EDT

— Chapel Hill Transit will unveil new buses, a new look and improved services next Monday, officials said Thursday.

Nineteen new buses, including three hybrid electric buses and three 60-foot articulated buses, are scheduled to begin service. All will feature a curved, Carolina Blue paint scheme instead of the traditional stripes of the older fleet.

The hybrid buses reduce fuel consumption and help provide cleaner air, while the articulated buses have the seating capacity of two existing buses, officials said. The larger vehicles will be used on routes that experience high ridership, including the NS route.

The articulated buses are the first of this type operated in the Triangle, officials said.

Several service changes also will begin Monday.

Evening service will be extended to 8:35 p.m. and 10:35 p.m. on the G and the NS routes, respectively. Service on the V Route will run every hour during the midday, the J Route will start service to Carrboro High School and the late-night Safe Ride service will be extended to Southern Village.

Two routes that had been considered for elimination – the HS Route and M Route – will continue to operate.