We're inviting you to hop aboard a bus to head out to work or play during our "Try Transit" promotions each September! You'll reconnect with your community, save gas and relax when you leave the driving to us.
Your Transit Toolkit
Our resources help commuters who use alternatives to driving alone.
Real-Time Bus Tracking
FREE Emergency Ride Home
If you live or work in Wake, Durham or Orange counties and use the bus, share a ride or use an active commute, we can help if you need to get home in a hurry.
On the day you used a smart commute, the Emergency Ride Home (ERH) is available when:
- You or an immediate family member gets sick or has a severe crisis.
- Your carpool driver has to leave unexpectedly early or stay late.
- You must work unscheduled overtime.
If you need to pick up your sick child or pick up medication, you may make a side trip on the way home. ERH is at your service so you never have to worry about finding a ride when you need it most.
Registering is easy, and the ride is free. When you register for the ERH program, you can print a free* voucher good for a rental car or taxi ride home. You may use the service twice in a given month, up to six times per calendar year. Full, detailed instructions for the service will be provided once you register. Register at sharetheridenc.org.
Sometimes the bus won't work for you. That doesn't mean you're stuck. ShareTheRideNC.org is a rideshare-matching service. Register, look for potential vanpool or carpool partners, and make a new friend.
Track your trips to see the impact your travel habits have on your wallet, your physical activity levels and our air quality. Your tracked commutes can score you some cool prizes, too. Visit sharetheridenc.org to learn about GoPerks and the Commute Calendar.
Nervous about getting on board? Let us help you.
How does transit work in the Triangle?
These cities and towns of the Triangle have their own local transit service:
- Chapel Hill Transit
The regional provider is GoTriangle, which connects the Triangle's communities to help us all travel easier.
Planning your trip
First look at the information and bus schedules provided at our area transit centers and online. Need a paper copy? Give us a call at 919-485-RIDE (7433). To get more detailed information, visit your transit provider's website.
Reading a bus schedule
You'll notice that not every stop is listed on our paper schedules. Instead, the stop times listed are known as time points. These stops are used to guage the on-time performance of a bus route. To figure out what time a nontime point stop will be served, use the times listed to make your best guess and arrive at the stop earlier than you think. You can also get real-time arrival estimates from in-service routes at triangle.transloc.com. To see a list of all stops served, check out the route information available here.
- Arrive at your stop between 5 and 10 minutes early. Wait where the operator can see you.
- As the bus approaches, check the sign above the front window to make sure it’s the route and destination you want. If it is, signal the operator that you wish to board.
- Be ready with exact fare, ticket, transfer receipt or pass.
- Stay back from the curb and wait until the bus comes to a complete stop. Then, get on the bus and pay your fare.
- GoTriangle reserves priority seating for disabled passengers in the side seats and first rows in the front of the vehicles. Please allow disabled passengers to sit if those seats are occupied.
- When boarding a crowded bus, please note that GoTriangle allows for standing passengers. If there is no standing room, please wait for the bus operator to create room.
- Major stops will be announced. If you are not familiar with the area, you can ask the operator to call out your destination.
- About a block before you want to get off, push the black or yellow plastic strip or pull the cord above your head to request the next stop.
- Gather all personal items and exit through the rear door.