Congratulations, students! We were so impressed and excited with the miles that you logged during our Student Commute Challenge this year. Whether you walked, biked, carpooled, or took the bus we’re super proud!
This year’s challenge winner, Gregory Cooper, totally summed up our goals for this event in his testimonial. No matter how you choose to commute, we hope the benefits of choosing to leave your car at home are super clear.
Winner | Student Commute Challenge
I participated in the GoTriangle Student Commute Challenge because I believe in minimizing my Carbon Footprint. Leaving my car at home not only saves me on gas and parking but also helps me to lead a greener lifestyle and to keep myself in good physical shape.
My main method of commuting to class is generally to ride my bike from my off-campus house, or if conditions are bad, a shorter bike ride to east campus where I catch a campus bus to west campus. I have been using this mode of transportation ever since I started at the Nicholas School of the Environment in the fall. It has been fun to ride my bike in a variety of conditions like snow flurries and rain. Having the right gear makes this more enjoyable but the added challenge really makes me enjoy the commute.
Participating in the challenge helped me to realize just how far I have been commuting and how inefficient it would be to do the same trip driving. I would tell other students that there are many modes of alternative transportation to get to class, the campus bus service is excellent but biking and walking are also a really fun way to enjoy the city of Durham and meet a few people you may not have otherwise. Not to mention that it is a great way to get a quick workout into our increasingly busy schedules.
Thanks for your participation, Gregory! We can’t wait to see the miles you log next year and how your experience can encourage others on your campus to choose smart commuting habits.
Last year one of our very own, John Tallmadge, committed to going carless for the entire month of March. Part of his motivation was to get a firsthand understanding of what it’s like to depend on public transportation in one’s everyday life. In looking back on his experiences, I felt challenged and intrigued, something I’ve felt a lot during the last 6 months I’ve spent at GoTriangle and Triangle Transit.
Ergo, I’ve decided that #CarlessMarch is a tradition that should be carried on and I’m going to be the transit employee to take up the calling this year.
If you follow our blog you’ll have read about my experience riding the bus for the first time as well as why I’ve continued to commute this way instead of driving. Keep following along as I take a month to experience what it’s like to be a full-time DATA, Triangle Transit, Cat, and Chapel Hill Transit rider.
I’ll be at bus stops like this one this entire month. If you see me say hello!
If you’d like to go back and see what John wrote about his experiences follow the links below:
It’s been a couple of weeks since the Triangle was hit with icy road conditions and, in turn, lots of delays. Our team and those working for the different transit systems in the area worked together to make sure all inclement weather information got you to as quickly and efficiently as possible.
That being said we’re always on the hunt for new ways to improve how we communicate with our riders. Ergo, we’d like to introduce our guide to…
What to Expect When You’re Expecting… Inclement Weather
Whenever our area is experiencing inclement weather our team will be working to keep you informed as quickly as we can. As soon as we have information we will be updating you through these three ways:
1. Our Website
Anytime we have delays or cancelled services due to inclement weather you will see these two banners on our home page. Just click on them to go directly to detailed information about delays and service cancellations.
2. Email Blasts
If you ride any of the systems in the triangle then you should already be signed up for rider alerts. If you aren’t, DO IT NOW! Go to http://www.gotriangle.org/go-info/news-alerts/ and sign up for alerts to go straight to your inbox. Click the link that says “Email” and then choose which alerts you’d like to receive. Make sure to scroll to the bottom to see a full list of systems. (Bonus: If you ride Triangle Transit you can subscribe to specific routes and get information tailored specifically for them.)
3. Twitter and Facebook
We work hard here at GoTriangle to make sure we’re as helpful as possible. That’s where our social media plays a huge part. Please get in touch with us and follow our pages! In addition to emails and website updates, we’ll be posting on Twitter and Facebook during inclement weather to keep you in the loop. If you have questions or concerns, just say hello and we’ll do all we can to help!
As always, thanks for riding with us!
Fortify Friday: The Latest Information on the I-40/440 Rebuild Project
Raleigh—In just a few days, I-440 West, otherwise known as the Outer Loop, will be in its final three-lane traffic pattern. If the weather cooperates, crews start the process of opening up the third lane to traffic Saturday evening. According to engineers, all that’s left is to remove the old lane striping and replace it with the new. That could take crews up to a week to finish.
Once the Outer Loop is complete, crews will put the finishing touches on the Inner Loop or I-440 East. Weather permitting, the Inner Loop is projected to be in its final three-lane traffic pattern by the end of February.
Due to inclement weather this week, construction crews have delayed plans to close the ramp from Poole Road onto I-440 East in Raleigh this weekend, as well as the right turn lane from eastbound Poole Road onto the interstate in the same area.
In the meantime, work progresses on the I-40 portion of the project with crews continuing to put up barrier walls and converting the outside shoulders so they can eventually be used as travel lanes.
Motorists are asked to use caution as they travel through this area known as the “Cattle Chute.” The barrier walls on each side create a more narrowed area to drive with no shoulder to pull off in case of an emergency. The N.C. Department of Transportation reminds drivers traveling through this portion of the work zone to go the speed limit and avoid distractions to ensure safety.
For more information on the Fortify project, visit For more information on the Fortify project, visit www.fortifyNC.com.