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Transportation

 

The Transportation Specialist is responsible for building awareness of current transportation services and helping to improve these services for the older adult population.

 

Transportation Specialist Transportation Agencies
Special Events Resources

 

 

TRANSPORTATION SPECIALIST

 

Photo of Eileen Apicella, Transportation Specialist, Orange County (NC) Department on Aging

Although the Transportation Specialist will not be providing direct transportation, she is available to help identify transportation options for non-drivers and help with accessing services.

 

She will advocate for, and work to support, the transportation needs of the older adult community in Orange County.

 

If you have a transportation need or question, please contact the Department on Aging’s Transportation Help Line (Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.).

 

Transportation Help Line:  919-717-1853

Email: eapicella@orangecountync.gov

 

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TRANSPORTATION AGENCIES

 

Wheelchair bound senior is assisted onto an OPT bus by the driver and a caregiver.Orange County Public Transportation (OPT)

Providing the Hillsborough Circulator, routes to the Senior Centers, routes between Hillsborough and Chapel Hill (420 route), and medical transportation.

Chapel Hill Transit (CHT)

Buses serving the towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro and a route between Hillsborough and Chapel Hill (420 route).

EZRider

Provides a paratransit service for eligible riders who have physical or mental impairments and a Senior Shuttle that takes all Seniors to shopping areas, the library, and Seymour Center in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro area.

 

Triangle Transit

Regional bus and shuttle services.

GoTriangle

A partnership of public transportation agencies to help residents easily find transportation information.

 

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SPECIAL EVENTS

 

Senior Citizens Day at the NC State Fair 2014 logo

North Carolina State Fair

Tuesday, Oct. 21 - Senior Citizens Day 

While seniors ages 65 and over get in free every day of the Fair, on Tuesday, Oct. 21, they can also enjoy a free Bojangles breakfast and entertainment at the Senior Citizen Fun Festival. The event will take place in Dorton Arena from 9 to 11 a.m.

Parking and handicap parking will be available in Carter Finley Stadium (Gate A). Trams will be available to move fairgoers from the parking lot to Dorton Arena. Look for specially designated trams with Senior Day banners.

TRANSPORTATION TO THE NC STATE FAIR:

Durham Area Transit Authority (DATA)

DATA Shuttle Service begins at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 16 and runs through Sunday, Oct. 26. DATA buses depart hourly from Durham Station and the Heritage Square Park-and-Ride Lot.

  • Durham Station, 515 West Pettigrew St. | Map
    There is very limited, free on-street parking near Durham Station. Plan your bus trip from home at www.gotriangle.org.
  • Heritage Square Park-and-Ride Lot, 401 East Lakewood Avenue | Map
    DATA is going to use Heritage Square off of Lakewood Avenue as their park-and-ride lot for the fair shuttle.

Take DATA to the NC State Fair

 

Triangle Transit Authority (TTA)

Triangle Transit buses operate on Saturdays and Sundays only. Regular fare is $5 round trip.

  • Chapel Hill: UNC Campus - South Rd. at Country Club Rd. (GOLIVE Stop #3430)
  • Chapel Hill: NC 54 Park and Ride Lot off Friday Center Drive. Go past the Friday Center lot, and it's on the left-hand side of the road (GOLIVE Stop #3024)   <-- NEW LOCATION!
  • RTP: TTA park and ride at the Regional Transit Center, 901 Slater Rd. near the Sheraton Imperial Hotel

Take Triangle Transit (TTA) to the State Fair

 

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RESOURCES

 

Orange County Older Adult Transportation Guide:

A quick guide to help older adults find the resource to meet their transportation needs.

Orange County Transportation Leaders:

A listing of key public officials and transportation leaders with contact information and photographs.

Older female driver giving a "thumbs up" to safe driving.Tips to stay safe on the road:

Growing older doesn't automatically make you a bad driver, but age does bring changes that can affect your driving ability.

Tips to prepare for a sensitive conversation about driving:

If you think that an older family member could be dangerous behind the wheel, it's important to deal with the issue sooner rather than later.

Start Thinking About Transportation Before You Need It

Chapel Hill News article by Eileen Apicella. This article is one of several articles in the Orange County Aging in Community series. To read other Aging in Community articles click here.

Check out this video on how to ride a bus by GoTriangle:

 

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