As a function of the Orange County Transit Plan, improvements are being made at various Orange County Public Transportation bus stops in Hillsborough and Chapel Hill. These improvements are funded through the half-cent public transit sales tax.
Orange County’s staff team—composed of Asset Management Services, OCPT and Planning—worked with GoTriangle and N.C. Department of Transportation to choose the highest ridership stops for improvements. Three of the sites are in Hillsborough and one is in Chapel Hill. By early fall, construction will begin at the following sites:
- Faucette Mill Rd. at Cornelius Street (US 70);
- North Churton Street (NC-86) at Hillsborough Police Station;
- New NC 86 at Home Depot; and
- MLK Jr Boulevard at Homestead Road in Chapel Hill.
These bus stops service multiple routes shared among OCPT, GoTriangle and Chapel Hill Transit. The improvements will bring a more comfortable experience to high-ridership areas.
The shelters are made in the USA and will be fitted with solar lighting, USB charging ports, spacious seating and bicycle racks. The bus shelter installed last summer at River Park Entranceway offers a “first glance” at what these shelters will look like.
Between pleasing aesthetics and improved function for transit riders, these products show the benefits that residents can expect from County’s Transit Plan and their tax dollars at work.