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Streamlining, Consolidation, Expansion, Coordination, and Partnerships: A Guide for Improving Transit in the Research Triangle of North Carolina

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library.
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In the Research Triangle region of North Carolina, five agencies operate public transit services: one regional provider, Triangle Transit Authority (TTA), which operates regional service in Wake, Durham, and Orange counties; and four local agencies, confined to providing services in the cities in which they operate: Capital Area Transit (CAT) in Raleigh; Cary Transit (C-Tran) in Cary; Durham Area Transit Authority (DATA) in Durham; and Chapel Hill Transit in Chapel Hill and Carrboro. A recent discussion about consolidation of services has prompted CAT, DATA, and TTA to pursue increased coordination of services before making the decision to consolidate. This paper will present a plan that could be implemented for expansion and realignment of existing services in order to achieve consolidation. It finds that removing barriers to providing services between cities can provide trunk lines, with feeder services provided on the neighborhood level.

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