GoDurham Projects


Bus Stop Improvements

GoDurham is committed to providing a safe and comfortable customer experience at bus stops. The GoDurham Better Bus Stops project is funded by a half-cent sales tax for transit that was approved by Durham County voters in November 2011. Please see the bus stop improvements page for more information.

In conjunction with the GoDurham bus stop improvements, GoTriangle is working on bus stop improvements along regional bus routes in Durham, Orange, and Wake Counties. Please click here for more information.


GoDurham Transit Planning and Operations Analysis (POA)

Initiated by the City of Durham Transportation Department in June 2020, the POA will evaluate transit access and service issues along GoDurham bus routes, recommend transit infrastructure improvements, and prepare design and cost estimates for selected improvements. The POA consists of several tasks, and each task has a different scope and study area:

  • Access to Transit Study
    • Identifies candidate locations for pedestrian network improvement to enhance pedestrian access to GoDurham bus stops at various locations.
  • Bus Speed and Reliability Study
    • Identifies delay hot spots and their causes, and proposes solutions. The main goal for the study is to reconfigure street amenities and traffic controls to mediate congestion, curbside conflicts, and other challenges that hinder bus service reliability.
  • Transit Emphasis Corridor Studies
    • These studies evaluate transit access, stops, and service issues along portions of the Fayetteville and Holloway Street corridors. The goal of the studies is to improve bus service and pedestrian access to transit.
  • Village Transit Center Plan
    • Transit center improvement involves the redesign of the Village Transit Center, the second-highest GoDurham ridership location. The project aims to enhance the overall customer experience at the bus stop by adding shelter, real-time bus information, landscaping, and other amenities.


Service Improvements

GoDurham’s Short Range Transit Plan (SRTP), the plan that guides service and operations for the next five to ten years, was adopted by the Durham City Council in June 2019. It identifies a list of transportation-related issues and proposes service improvements. Please visit the page dedicated to the SRTP for more information. Other transit planning analyses, such as the POA, may also indicate service changes.

For additional information on service changes and bus stop improvements , please follow the links to the service change and service improvement pages.

Microtransit Planning Study

In June 2019, the Durham City Council adopted the SRTP. It identified six potential on-demand zones on the periphery of the city where fixed-route ridership and residential density are low, but mobility needs of the community remain high. The purpose of the Microtransit Planning Study is to investigate service scenarios and provide recommendations for three of these zones, listed below (insert Figure 1):

  • Zone 1: East Durham – east of the Village Shopping Center
  • Zone 2: Sparger Road – west of Cole Mill Road serving Neal Road, Sparger Road, and Operations Drive
  • Zone 3: North Durham – north of Horton Road

The final report was drafted in June 2020 and is currently under review.


Rail Projects 

Commuting on rail is considered faster and more reliable compared to driving or taking a bus due to traffic and delays. Currently, the Greater Triangle Commuter Rail project is the only active rail project in the region. The Durham-Orange Light Rail Project was discontinued in March 2019.

Greater Triangle Commuter Rail

The Major Investment Study, completed in May 2019, explored the feasibility of running a 37-mile commuter rail between Garner and West Durham, with stops in Raleigh, N.C State, Cary, Morrisville, and Research Triangle Park. The current study was initiated in 2020 to develop ridership projections and cost estimates. For more information, please visit this page.

Durham-Orange LRT

The Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project was a proposed 17 station, 17-mile alignment spanning from UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill to East Durham near the intersection of Alston Avenue and NC 147. This project was discontinued in March 2019. Please visit this website for historical information.


Park and Rides

As one of the Park and Ride locations that GoDurham serves, the Patterson Place Park and Ride will undergo a series of improvements that include bus shelter upgrades, lighting improvement, and turn radius reconfiguration.


Transit Facility Study

The Durham County Transit Plan includes several tasks that will assess current GoDurham facilities. This study includes an assessment of the facility space and capacity at the Fay Street bus garage as well as a feasibility and conceptual design for improvements to Durham Station to create more direct pedestrian access ways, and improve waiting areas and landscaping. This study will also include a regional electric bus charging infrastructure needs assessment, and site selection and conceptual design for Durham Park and Rides and transfer points.