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Winter Break Transit Schedules

Chapel Hill Transit, GoTriangle, and PART will have service adjustments during winter break. Read below for holiday schedules. During UNC-recognized holidays, all non-reserved and non-event on-campus parking spaces are open. Happy holidays!

New Renaissance Village Park & Ride

Want to avoid Southpoint Mall during holiday shopping? An alternate Park & Ride is available at the nearby Renaissance Village. Read below for more details.

Sign Up for Transit Alerts

GoTriangle has alerts for individual routes, so you can sign up for updates specific to you. Riders can sign up here. For Chapel Hill Transit, sign up for CH Transit service updates (under the News section). For PART updates, sign up for PART's email list or text “PART” to 55469.

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Fill the Bus with Toys for Tots

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" to the Friday Center or Southern Village game-day Park & Ride lots on Sunday, Dec. 11. If you are not using one of these park and rides, bring your toy(s) to the men's basketball game against Tennessee this Sunday and help fill the boxes located at the Smith Center.

Chapel Hill Transit Winter Break Schedule

Chapel Hill Transit services will operate on an adjusted schedule for winter break from December 17 to January 7. See their holiday service information on their website.

GoTriangle Holiday Schedule

GoTriangle regional, express, and shuttle routes will operate on holiday schedules. Sign up for their service alerts for exact scheduling information.

PART Holiday Schedule

PART will have limited service over the holidays. All routes will be closed Sunday 12/25 and Monday 12/26 except Route 5 Amtrak Connector (open both days). All routes resume normal service Tuesday, 12/27. Please see their website for more information. Call PART at (800) 588-7787.

Robertson Express Bus Winter Break Schedule

The Robertson Express (RSX) will not provide service from December 20 to January 10. See GoTriangle's service alert for more information.

Renaissance Village Park & Ride

A Park & Ride lot at Renaissance Village near Southpoint Mall will be served by GoTriangle Routes 800 and 800S. Spaces that can be utilized are in front of HomeGoods along Renaissance Parkway. See this rider alert for a map and more information.

Orange Public Transportation Accepting GoPass

Orange Public Transportation is now accepting the GoPass on the Orange Chapel Hill Midday Connector.  

Skipper Bowles Drive Closure Extended

The closure on Skipper Bowles Drive has been extended to February 3, 2017. Chapel Hill Transit is implementing a detour for the CM, N, RU, U, and Weekend U routes, due to the partial closure of Skipper Bowles Drive. For more information read here. For future notices, sign up for email alerts (click “CH Transit Service Updates” under News). 



UNC Vanpool Seats Available

Seats are available on several vanpools providing service to UNC. See full details for UNC vanpools here.

• Apex: Meets at Beaver Creek Commons, arrives at UNC at 7:40 am and departs at 4:40 pm. Contact Jeff Campbell at

• Burlington/Graham: Meets at Fellowship Baptist Church and Trinity Baptist Church, arrives at UNC at 7:15 am and departs at 4:15 pm. Contact Leanne Shook at

• Graham: Meets at PART Park & Ride, arrives at UNC at 7:10 am and departs at 4:20 pm. Contact Deannie Holt at

• Graham: Meets at Riverside Baptist Church, arrives at UNC at 8 am and departs at 4:30 pm. Contact Terri King at

• Mebane: Meets at Lowes Foods, arrives at UNC at 8 am and departs at 4:30 pm. Contact Cathy Cornett at



Free Ride-Matching and Prizes

Check out ShareTheRideNC for carpooling to events, trips, or work. Employees can track their trips to get GoPerks!



Lighten Up, Chapel Hill

Daylight Saving Time started November 6. Make sure you're visible! Lighten Up is a campaign dedicated to helping bicyclists and walkers to become more visible in low light. See changes to NC's bike laws! Read more here. Print off a coupon for 10% off at local bike stores, which expires Dec. 31.

Bike Ballet at the Holiday Parade

Come out to see local cyclists in the annual Chapel Hill-Carrboro Holiday Parade on Saturday, December 10! The parade begins at Morehead Planetarium at 10 a.m. and ends at Carrboro Town Hall at 11 a.m. 

Colorful Crosswalks

New colorful crosswalks will soon be installed at the intersection of Cameron Avenue and Wilson Street, and at the intersection of Granville Towers, prompting street resurfacing and lane closures. The designer crosswalks are part of an initiative to increase the visibility between people who walk and people who drive. Read more here

Carrboro Bicycle Coalition Board Opening

Mark your calendars for the monthly meeting of the Carrboro Bicycle Coalition next Wed., December 14, at our new time of 7:00 pm at Open Eye cafe. We currently have an opening on our board. If you are interested in advancing cycling in our community and looking for ways to become more involved, let us know or come to our meeting!


Book a Zipcar for winter break for just $499* (that's $18 per day!) so you can run errands, catch up with friends, or take a breather…without begging your parents to drive you. 

Here’s what’s included:

• Gas and insurance

• A whopping 1,000 miles

• No extra fees for being under 25

• Sweet, sweet independence

*$499 would be for a period of up to 28 days, subject to availability - for this promotion, you must contact Zipcar to coordinate details and reserve – 1-866-4ZIPCAR. All cars must be reserved by 12/21/16.

CAP Merchants


Fleet Feet Sports Offers Training Programs

Are you interested in learning more about what it takes to run your first race? Or run a faster race? Want to tackle your first 5K, 10 Miler or Half Marathon? What about qualifying for the Boston Marathon? 

Join Fleet Feet Carrboro & Durham for one of their upcoming Training Program Open Houses! Monday, December 19th from 6 to 8 pm at the Durham Store and Sunday, January 1st from 3 to 5pm at the Carrboro Store. These are informal sessions, so feel free to drop by at anytime - we'll have some of our Training Program Community Partners, Coaches and Mentors available for a meet and greet, and some giveaways! UNC Commuter discount available. Email with any questions. 

Remember Your Discounts

CAP members can use their CAP discount card for local discounts and are automatically entered into monthly prize drawings donated by CAP merchants.

Congratulations CAP Prize Winners!

Congratulations to Christopher S., who won a gift card to Hickory Tavern in our monthly prize drawing, and Alison A., who won a gift card to the Egg & I! Thanks to our vendors for providing prizes, and to our winners for their commitment to alternative transportation. 

Traffic & Parking


Skipper Bowles Drive Closure

UNC Facilities Services is conducting emergency steam tunnel repairs that will force the closure of a segment of Skipper Bowles Drive to through traffic through Feb. 3, 2017.

Basketball Transportation and Parking

Basketball Event operations will be in effect for all UNC Men's and Women's Basketball home game days.

Parking for Other UNC Events

When parking on campus, be sure to check the entrance of the lot for signage indicating if the spaces have been reserved for events.

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