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Hillsborough-Chapel Hill Bus Route In The Works

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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — There will soon be a new option for commuters between Hillsborough and Chapel Hill. The Triangle Transit Authorities and Orange Public Transportation plan to provide a new bus route between the two towns, beginning Jan. 3.

TTA and Orange Public Transportation will hold a kickoff celebration of the service on Jan. 17 at the Triangle SportsPlex in Hillsborough, with free rides on the new route for the week of Jan. 17-20.

"We're pleased to partner with Orange Public Transportation and offer this new and convenient service," said TTA General Manager John Claflin. "With UNC as a major regional destination and a growing population in northern Orange County, the time is right to improve public transportation in this corridor."

TTA officials say that residents can ride between Hillsborough and Chapel Hill throughout the day by bus, and then connect with transit service to other places in the region. Also, the travel times between the two towns will be reduced, offering an alternative to commuting by car.

"This need has been on our radar for a long time and I'm delighted that we have had such a successful collaboration," said Bill Strom, mayor pro-tem of Chapel Hill and a member of the TTA Board of Trustees. "Orange County, UNC and TTA have been remarkably creative in offering this route, and commuters, workers and citizens come up big winners as a result."

Orange Public Transportation will operate the service Monday-Friday, through a partnership with Triangle Transit Authority. The one-way travel time will be approximately 40 minutes from downtown Hillsborough to UNC Hospital and 30 minutes from the Triangle SportsPlex park-and-ride.

The price for a roundtrip day pass on the route will be $4, with a $2 fare for a one-way trip. Members of UNC's Commuter Assistance Program can also get discounts on a regional 30-day pass or Semester Pass, both of which are valid for travel on this route.

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