Orange Public Transportation (OPT)

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Orange County Public Transportation is a transit organization committed to promoting a healthful quality of life for all residents of Orange County, NC Orange Bus strives to provide a comprehensive continuum of locally-accessible, community-based transportation services. As a primary transportation resource for the county, Orange Bus has the responsibility to serve residents with transportation needs. Orange Bus is dedicated to continuously improving the quality and economic value of our services.

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Routes, Schedules, and Fees
Fixed Routes
Orange Public Transportation currently operates two midday/off peak fixed-route services Monday - Friday, excluding County holidays.

The Hillsborough Circulator service connects major origins and destinations throughout Hillsborough with hourly service provided Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm. The Hillsborough Circulator service is free to all passengers. Click the link above to access a route map and schedule for the service. 

The Orange-Chapel Hill Midday Connector service connects major origins and destinations in Hillsborough, Chapel Hill, and Cedar Grove (northern Orange County) with hourly service provided in both the northbound (Chapel Hill-Hillsborough-Cedar Grove) and southbound (Cedar Grove-Hillsborough-Chapel Hill) directions Monday - Friday, 9:45am - 3:50pm. The current fare for the Orange-Chapel Hill Midday Connector is $2 for the general public, $1 for passengers between the ages of 6-17, and fare free to passengers aged 5 or younger and 60 years of age or older, passengers with disabilities, and passengers with a Medicaid or Medicare card.

The Orange-Chapel Hill Midday Connector service is a midday complement to the GoTriangle/Chapel Hill Transit Route 420 service connecting Hillsborough and Chapel Hill between the hours of 6:00am to 9:15am and 3:40pm - 6:55pm, Monday - Friday. To access the route map and schedule for the Orange-Chapel Hill Connector, click the link above. Click here to access a route map and schedule for the GoTriangle Route 420 service. Click here for fare information for GoTriangle routes. 

Orange Public Transportation (OPT) Fixed-Route Fare Structure 

Complementary Disabled Transportation for Fixed-Route Service
Orange Public Transportation provides complementary transportation services to eligible individuals with disabilities that prevent them from accessing the Hillsborough Circulator and Orange-Chapel Hill Midday Connector stops. Orange Public Transportation’s Americans with Disabilities Act Paratransit Plan details to whom, when and where complementary transportation services are provided to eligible individuals and explains the eligibility certification process. To apply for the service, individuals must demonstrate that he or she cannot travel to or from a bus stop because his or her disability prevents it.

The service is provided from any origin and to any destination within ¾-mile of the Hillsborough Circulator and Orange-Chapel Hill Midday Connector route and stops.
Forms related to the service include an application for eligibility, including a healthcare professional verification form, an explanation of the eligibility determination appeals process if eligibility is denied, and the service’s No-show policy:
Eligibility Application
Explanation of Eligibility Determination Appeals Process
No-Show Policy 

Any questions regarding eligibility and the nature of the service can be directed to Orange Public Transportation administrative staff by phone at (919) 245-2008 or contact us.

Elderly/Disabled Medical Transportation
Orange Public Transportation (OPT) offers Orange County elderly (60+) or disabled residents transportation from their residence to their medical care providers or shopping.  Shopping trips are limited to once per week, however, medical trips are not limited.  A certification form is required to qualify for this transit program. Non-emergency door-to-door transportation to area medical facilities in Orange and Durham counties or to the closest provider can be arranged with two working days notice.  Special rates are available to elderly (60+), disabled, or Medicaid eligible residents.  This service is available to the general public on a seat available basis. For rate information, please contact us.

Senior Center Transportation
Daily transportation (Monday through Friday) is provided for seniors (60+) to Orange County Senior Centers for those on the fixed routes. There are two Orange County Senior Centers: Seymour Senior Center (2551 Homestead Rd, Chapel Hill) and Central Orange Senior Center (103 Meadowlands, Hillsborough).  
To qualify for transportation and to determine which site location is most convenient for you, please contact us Orange Public Transportation System Title VI Policy Statement
It is the policy of Orange Public Transportation (OPT) to ensure compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; 49 CFR, Part 21: related statues and regulations that ensure no person in the United States shall, on the grounds of race, color, sex, age, national origin, or disability, be excluded from participation in, or be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance from the United States Department of Transportation.  For more information or to file a complaint you may contact us by mail, telephone, or email.  Complaints must be filed in writing or in person no later than 180 days after the alleged act of discrimination occurred.

Orange Public Transportation Administrator
PO Box 8181 • 600 Hwy 86 N
Hillsborough, NC  27278
(919) 245-2008

News & Updates: 

Orange Public Transportation 2017 Holiday Schedule