Think Transit – C-Tran Spotlight

As a part of Think Transit, we’re excited to take some time to draw attention to the incredible operators and riders who make our work so special. Today’s spotlights are from C-Tran.

C-Tran Operator Spotlights

Annette Whitley

Annette Whitley

Since September 2001, Annette has been a tremendous asset for C-Tran. Notably, she received a Katherine McClary award in 2014. She maintains a safety-focused mindset, has an excellent driving record, and is always eager and willing to help citizens or fellow workers. She is constantly recognized by her fellow workers, supervisors, and customers as an outstanding fixed route driver. She always has a smile, maintains a positive attitude, and dependable.

Outside of work, Annette enjoys spending time with her family; she has two sons, two grandchildren, and one on the way. 

Congratulations, Annette! C-Tran is thankful for your outstanding work and service dedication.

Mariana Dulguerov

Mariana Dulguerova

Since January 2003, Mariana has been a tremendous asset for C-Tran. Notably, she received a Katherine McClary award in 2014; in addition to numerous awards she received in driver’s safety. She is acknowledged as someone who goes above and beyond her call of duty – and genuinely cares for her passengers. She always maintains a positive attitude and demonstrates professionalism at all times.

Outside of work, Mariana enjoys spending time with her family, especially her granddaughter. She always looks forward to the summer as she gets to spend a lot of time with her.

Congratulations, Mariana! C-Tran is thankful for your outstanding work and service dedication. 

GoDurham Service Changes-Sept 26th

The following approved service changes will be going into effect for GoDurham routes on Saturday, September 26th, 2015. 

For additional information on these service changes, please visit

Thank you for choosing GoDurham!

Route 1N – Route will be eliminated. Customers can still use Route 1A or 1B every 30 minutes for service between Durham Station and Northgate Mall.

Route 2 / 2A – Service will be removed from East End Ave. Routes 2/2A would instead use Pleasant Dr and Lynn Rd to access US 70.

Route 5K – Service will be added to Route 5K from 7AM until 12PM with departures at 15 minutes after the hour and 45 minutes after the hour. This will create 15 minute service along Fayetteville St from Durham Station to MLK, Jr. Pkwy on Routes 5 and 5K from 7AM though 6PM, Monday through Saturday.

Route 10B – Service will be added to Route 10B from 7AM until 12PM with an additional departure at 45 minutes after the hour. This will create 15 minute service between Durham Station and South Square on Routes 10A and 10B from 7AM though 6PM, Monday through Saturday.

In addition, several other routes will have minor scheduling and stop changes to improve schedule reliability:

Routes 1A / 1B / 1
Route 3 Tripper (Weekday evenings and Sundays)
Route 5
Route 9A
Routes 10A / 10B / 10
Route 16

Stop changes include:

Routes 2A / 2

Removed Stops: #5815 (East End Ave at Angier Ave), #6025 (413 East End Ave), #5763 (229 East End Ave), #5417 (East End Ave at Rowena Ave), #5010 (East End Ave at US 70)

Added Stops: #6677 (Angier Ave at East End Ave), #6678 (Angier Ave at Midway Ave),#6679 (Pleasant Dr at Angier Ave)

Moved Stops: #5449 (Lynn Rd at US 70) was moved off of US 70 and onto Lynn Rd, just West of that intersection.

Route 4:

Removed Stop: #6522 (Roxboro Rd at Newsom St)

Added Stop: #6650 (Roxboro Rd at Frasier St), #6680 (Great Jones St at Main St)

Routes 6 / 6B:

Removed Stop: #5607 (Erwin Rd at Trent Dr) – ALTERNATIVE stop is now #6499 (Trent Dr at Erwin Rd)

Routes 9A / 9:

Removed Stop: #6522 (Roxboro Rd at Newsom St)

Added Stop: #6650 (Roxboro Rd at Frasier St)

Routes 10A / 10:

Added Stop: #6681 (SW Durham Dr at US 15-501)

New WiFi Coming to GoTriangle Fleet!

We're Updating Our WiFi!

We’ve gotten your complaints and we hear you.

WiFi access while traveling with us is a huge priority. We also agree that our current system has not performed as well as necessary to adequately serve you.

As a result, our tech team is currently deploying a brand new WiFi system on our entire fleet! About half of our buses are already equipped with the new routers and we have had great results!

So what can you do? Let us know how it’s going! If you are riding with us and experience great WiFi tell us by taking this survey and let us know how the new WiFi is performing for you.

You can also Tweet at us, drop us a Facebook comment, or email


Thank you so much for your patience with us as we work to make your experience while on GoTriangle as great as possible.

Think Transit – GoRaleigh Spotlight

As a part of Think Transit, we’re excited to take some time to draw attention to the incredible operators and riders who make our work so special. Today’s spotlights are from GoRaleigh.


GoRaleigh Employee Spotlight

Marie Parker


Marie Parker - Think Transit Employee SpotlightWhere do you start?? Marie has been with GoRaleigh for almost 14 years and has now risen to Assistant General Manager/Director of Operations.

From Kathy Molin – TDM Coordinator, City of Raleigh – Three words I’d use to describe Marie – passionate, caring, and respectful. Marie loves what she does and it shows. Even on a crazy, busy day, she will make time for you. She is a great person, and a true friend.

From Tierany Griffin-Purdie – Operations Support Specialist, GORaleigh – The thing about Marie that makes her so special is her passion for people and transit. She displays a genuine respect and care for everyone she comes in contact with and you can tell she truly loves what she does. She is one of the most optimistic, positive people I have ever met. If you ask her how she is, she always answers ‘I’m Fantabulous!’

Marie has been a great asset to the operations team; providing a structural, yet transparent, management style; allowing operators and staff to build trust and approach issues with a team effort.

 Rider Spotlight

 James Wise

James Wise - Think Transit Rider SpotlightOne of the things that you will notice about James Wise is his passion for transit.

James is not only well known around GoRaleigh and helping folks at Moore Square Station or on the bus, James makes paper replicas of transit buses. When James found out that I was from the Toronto area, he made me four paper replicas of the Toronto Transit Commission buses, which sit on my desk.

It doesn’t matter which transit agency in the Triangle you visit, you will more than likely see one of James’ paper buses. From what I understand, James gets calls from all over to make buses for other agencies. With our recent rebranding in the Triangle, James quickly went to work and made buses for GoRaleigh with our new brand.

One of my coworkers, David Walker, wrote this about James.

“James Wise has been actively involved in the City of Raleigh’s transit system as long as I can remember and I started working with GoRaleigh in 2001. He has always been available to help citizens by answering their questions at Moore Square. When we started the Ambassador program in 2013 James was one of the first to sign up and we knew he would be great for this Volunteer position. We regularly get compliments about his assistance with riders such as “he will walk up and down the aisle asking if anyone needs help and handing out schedules” if needed. James is a real asset to GoRaleigh’s transit system!”

James is a true transit buff, and it shows in all he does in and around the Triangle.




Transit Thursday

In this week’s edition of Transit Thursday we’re talking about… LIGHT RAIL!

That’s right. We have an exciting announcement this week for all you light rail fans out there. Don’t know much about light rail? You’re still in the right spot.


Our friends over at Our Transit Future are working hard to make light rail between Durham and Orange counties a reality. This week, they crossed a giant item off their to-do list: The Draft Environmental Impact Statement(DEIS). Below you’ll find a description of this piece of the D-O LRT Project, locations where you can access the document, public meetings about the project, and information on submitting your comments on the DEIS.






The DEIS evaluates the environmental, transportation, social, and economic impacts associated with the transportation improvements in the Durham-Orange (D-O) Corridor serving the cities of Chapel Hill and Durham in the Research Triangle region of North Carolina. The DEIS documents the evaluation of the No Build Alternative and the NEPA Preferred and Project Element Alternatives. The No Build Alternative is defined and analyzed to provide the base against which the NEPA Preferred and Project Element Alternatives can be compared.

Planning for high-capacity transit in the Research Triangle region began more than 20 years ago, and a number of studies have been conducted to advance major transit investments in the area. The proposed D-O LRT Project consists of a 17-mile light rail project from southwest Chapel Hill to eastern Durham and includes several educational, medical, and other key activity centers which generate a large number of trips each day. The D-O LRT Project would include 17 stations and has Project Element Alternatives including two sections with alignment alternatives (i.e., Little Creek with four alignment options and New Hope Creek with three alignment options). Additionally, there are five Rail Operations and Maintenance Facility (ROMF) options under consideration. The NEPA Preferred Alternative contains the preferred alignment options, one ROMF option, and station selections in each area where alignment and station alternatives exist.

COMMENT PERIOD:  August 28, 2015 – October 13, 2015

HOW TO COMMENT ON THE DEIS:  There are several ways to comment on the information in the DEIS:

  • By email to:
  • By postal mail to: D-O LRT Project – DEIS, c/o Triangle Transit, P.O. Box 530, Morrisville, NC  27560
  • By comment card at two public information sessions and two public hearings
  • Through the D-O LRT Project’s website:
  • In person during public hearings in Chapel Hill and Durham

PUBLIC HEARINGS:  Two formal public hearings on the DEIS will be held.  Each speaker will be allowed two (2) minutes to comment.  The dates for the public hearings are:

  • Tuesday, September 29, from 4-7 P.M. at Grumman Auditorium in the Friday Center, 100 Friday Center Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-1020
  • Thursday, October 1, from 4-7 P.M. at the Durham County Commission Chamber, 200 East Main Street, Old Courthouse – Second Floor, Durham, NC 27701

There will be a formal presentation at 4:15 P.M. at each hearing location. The hearings are being held to solicit comments regarding the proposed D-O LRT Project. Hearing participants will have the opportunity to provide verbal comments on the DEIS (limited to 2 minutes per participant). A court reporter will be present to record verbal comments made by participants. Hearing participants will also have the opportunity to submit comments in writing during the hearings. Comments received verbally and in writing will receive equal weight. All comments submitted for the record will be reviewed and considered as part of the development of the combined Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS)/Record of Decision (ROD).

DEIS LOCATIONS:  The DEIS is available for public review in the following formats:

  • Electronically

▫      D-O LRT Project website at

▫      GoTriangle website at

  • Hard Copies are available for review at:

▫      GoTriangle  Administrative Office, 4600 Emperor Blvd., Suite 100, Durham, NC 27703

▫      Duke University, Perkins Library, 411 Chapel Dr., Durham, NC 27708

▫      Durham City Hall, 101 City Hall Plaza, Durham, NC  27701

▫      Durham County Government Office, 200 E. Main St., Durham, NC  27701

▫      Durham Technical Community College Library, 1637 E. Lawson St., Durham, NC 27703

▫      North Carolina Central University, James E. Shepherd Memorial Library,

1801 Fayetteville St., Durham, NC 27701

▫      Orange County Government Services Center, 200 S. Cameron St., Hillsborough, NC 27278

▫      Town of Chapel Hill Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill, NC 27517

▫      University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Davis Library, 208 Raleigh St., Chapel Hill, NC 27517

▫      All Public Libraries in Durham County:

  • Bragtown Library Family Literacy Center, 3200 Dearborn Dr., Durham, NC 277704
  • Durham Public Library – East Regional Library, 211 Lick Creek Ln., Durham, NC 27703
  • Durham Public Library – Main Branch, 300 N. Roxboro St., Durham, NC
  • Durham Public Library – North Regional Library, 221 Milton Rd., Durham, NC 27712
  • Durham Public Library – South Regional Library, 4505 S. Alston Ave., Durham, NC 27713
  • Durham Public Library – Southwest Regional Library, 3605 Shannon Rd., Durham, NC 27707
  • Durham Public Library – Stanford L. Warren Branch Library, 1201 Fayetteville Rd., Durham, NC 27707

▫      All Public Libraries in Durham County:

  • Orange County Public Library – Main Library, 137 W. Margaret Ln., Hillsborough, NC 27278
  • Orange County Public Library – Carrboro Branch (McDougle Middle School), 900 Old Fayetteville Rd., Chapel Hill, NC 27516

PUBLIC INFORMATION SESSIONS:  Triangle Transit will hold two Public Information Sessions on the DEIS in advance of the public hearings.

  • Tuesday, September 15, from 4-7 P.M. at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill, NC
  • Saturday, September 19, from 2-5 P.M. at the Durham Station Transportation Center at 515 W. Pettigrew Street, Durham, NC

Anyone desiring additional information may contact Natalie Murdock, Triangle Transit – Interim Manager for Communications and Public Affairs, Triangle Transit, Post Office Box 13787 RTP, NC 27709, by phone (919) 485-7569, or by email:


Transit Thursday – The College Edition

Welcome back! We hope the beginning of your fall semester is getting off to a wonderful start!

Whether you’re an incoming freshman to a college in the Triangle or are returning for another great year, there’s a ton to see and do here and we’re ready to help you get there. Downtown Raleigh frequently opens up its streets to festivals and gallery walks. Music in Chapel Hill might be a must-do for you. If you’re hungry, chances are good Durham has the food you’re craving.

There are a lot of tips we could give you about using public transit. (We will and if you’re curious please ask us!) But there’s one thing in particular we want you to get excited about today.

GoPass. GoPass. GoPass. 


If you take away one thing from this blog post that’s it. If you’re a student you should be riding transit in the area because it’s FREE. From getting to ride all of GoRaleigh routes for free, being able to hop on Chapel Hill Transit anytime, or having a GoPass to ride any system in the area anytime you want, public transit is the cheap, easy, and reliable means of getting around. Don’t worry about having a car on campus or figuring out where to park without getting a ticket.

Ride with us. Check out this list. Find your school. Get hooked up with transit.

The following schools will give you a GoPass:




Durham Tech

The following schools provide some form of free transportation:

UNC (Chapel Hill Transit is already free. If you live outside of its routes, you’re eligible for GoPass.)

Meredith College (Provides a U-Pass which gives you free access to all of GoRaleigh’s routes.)

If you have questions about GoPass or want to know more about how to ride, where to go, or tips for using transit please get in touch!

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Greenlights: August 2015 Issue

American Tobacco, a Best Work “SITE” for Commuters

What does your commute look like? Perhaps you’re a cyclist that enjoys the cool morning air as you ride in, or a transit rider that prefers reading your book, or connecting with your neighbors in route to work. Here in the Triangle, we know what a difference a high-quality commute can make in your day. This is why we participate in a national certification program that recognizes the best workplaces in the region for providing exemplary commuter benefits. This program has recently begun the certification of work sites to recognize places and spaces in our community that are creating more vibrant and more fulfilling job centers for us all.

American Tobacco Campus (ATC) is the first certified location in the Triangle to join as a Best Work Site for Commuters. ATC offers onsite amenities such as bike parking, transit amenities and comprehensive wayfinding signage to help direct visitors and staff to available resources.  Instead of just a worksite, American Tobacco has become a destination for staff. Incorporating multiple modes and making transportation easy through site planning and development, American Tobacco is leading the way and raising the bar for what a workplace should look like. Notably, as a property manager, ATC recently incorporated a transit GoPass for American Tobacco staff and their tenants’ employees.  The ATC GoPass is the worksite for approximately 4,000 employees who are now eligible for a free commute by bus!  The ATC GoPass program enables individuals to easily commute via the regional transit system with routes serving much of the Triangle stopping a block away at Durham Station.

Learn more about becoming a certified Best Workplace or Best Worksite location by contacting Mary Sell, Best Workplaces for Commuters Coordinator for the Triangle Region at or 919-558-9400. Get more program information at

Commuter Spotlight: Cyndi Booth

DRX Express Bus


“I just wanted send you a note of thanks for all of the work that you do with the GoTriangle buses. I have been taking the Durham-Raleigh Express (DRX) to work for about a week and a half and I LOVE it. My only regret is that I didn’t start sooner! What a win-win for all. I am helping preserve the environment, meeting new people and saving gas at the same time! AND – I don’t have to deal with the traffic so I am not grumpy when I get home (smile). Keep up the great work!” Happy TTA (now GoTriangle) Customer! Cyndi, City of Durham


Commuter Tips:


What is a fampool and does it qualify for the Emergency Ride Home program and GoPerks?  A “fampool” is a group of family members that could have driven to work separately but decided to carpool instead.  The only qualification is that at least two of the people in the car be of driving age.  This means you can’t count dropping the kids off at daycare or school on the way to work unless your spouse, partner or other adult live-in relative is in the car too.  Your “fampool” must be reducing road congestion by at least one car.  This opens a world of possibilities for the FREE Emergency Ride Home and GoPerks incentive program.  It is advisable to have all employees in a carpool register for the Emergency Ride Home program.  Encourage your employer to register as well so that you all can track your trips and redeem prizes like those listed in this month’s list of winners.  Click on the links for more information about carpooling, Emergency Ride Home program and GoPerks.

GoPerks Sponsor Spotlight: RTI International


Environmental sustainability is one of RTI International’s many areas of expertise and practice.  We are dedicated to improving the human condition through our work and within our organization.  Supporting the GoPerks program was a logical extension of our efforts internally to promote a more sustainable community and act as a model for others.

We have also partnered with GoTriangle to establish vanpools for our employees and provide them with subsidies for using mass transit. For employees who choose to bike, we offer a number of amenities to make biking to work an easy option such as showers in the buildings and convenient bike racks.  For electric vehicle owners, we have installed charging stations on campus.  We recognize that employee commutes represent a portion of our overall greenhouse gas emissions as outlined in our sustainability reporting, and we seek to further promote alternative commuting methods which reduce this environmental impact.

GoPerks sponsors …


This month’s GoPerks winners are…..

Nick Baldino – Cisco – Durham Bulls 2 ticket special

Andy Throgmorton – Digitalsmiths – Cary’s Amphitheatre 2 ticket special

David Matesanz – Duke – $25 Faire Restaurant Gift Card

Mirta Mihovilovic – Duke – $10 Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Gift Card

Julian Xie – Duke – $10 The Oxford Restaurant Gift Card

Holly Leddy – Duke – $10 Only Burger Gift Card

Chandi Quigley – Duke – $10 Saladelia Café Gift Card

Elisa Arevalo Perez – Hazen and Sawyer – $10 Mura at North Hills Gift Card

Kendra Bridges – NC DOT – $5 Cameron Village Gift Card

Pamela Taylor – NC Legislature – $10 Cuban Revolution Gift Card

Kerry White – Parsons Brinckerhoff – Durham Bulls 2 ticket special

Tim Falco – Pfizer – $5 Cameron Village Gift Card

Terry Burns – Pfizer – Cary’s Amphitheatre 2 ticket special

Donna Schaeffer – City of Raleigh – Cary’s Amphitheatre 2 ticket special

Amanda Carroll – State Employees’ Credit Union – $10 Shop Downtown Raleigh Gift Card

Barbara Massey – UNC – $25 Johnny Carino’s Gift Card

Christine Stachowicz – UNC – Durham Bulls 2 Ticket Special

Desere’ Cross – UNC – Durham Bulls 2 ticket special

Elizabeth Kunreuther – UNC – $25 Cameron Bar & Grill Gift Card

Ed Purchase IV – UNC – $5 Tobacco Road Sports Café Gift Card

Ed Purchase IV – UNC – Cary’s Amphitheatre 2 ticket special

Janet Stevens – UNC Health Care – $5 Cameron Village Gift Card

Krista Latta – UNC – Durham Bulls 2 ticket special

Lindis Chetwynd – UNC – $5 Only Burger Gift Card

Lori DelNegro – UNC – $10 Mellow Mushroom Gift Card

Michael McKay – UNC – $50 Medlin Davis Cleaners Gift Card

Nely Dicheva – UNC – $10 Café Carolina Gift Card

Nely Dicheva – UNC – $10 Café Carolina & Bakery – Cameron Village Gift Card

Peter Chow – UNC – $10 Sweet Frog – Chapel Hill Gift Card

Peter Chow – UNC – Durham Bulls 2 ticket special

Phyllis Lee – UNC – $10 Café Carolina & Bakery – Cameron Village Gift Card

Rupali Aggarwal – UNC- $10 Brixx – Cameron Village Gift Card

Sara Tinkham – UNC – Cary’s Amphitheatre 2 ticket special

Sara Levinson – UNC – $25 Zinda Restaurant Gift Card


A huge thank you to all of our GoPerks riders, making the Triangle better one trip at a time!