7 Reasons to Love the Student Commute Challenge

The Student Commute Challenge is Here

So get on the bus, hop on your bike, pick up a friend and earn points to help take your school to victory.

You can go to http://www.studentcommutechallenge.com to register and find out all the nitty gritty details, but today we wanted to share a few reasons why we’re excited about the competition and you should be, too.

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1. You’re already doing it.

Chances are good you’re already getting yourself to campus. Now, you can make it really count. Even if it’s a segway, log it in. But please don’t get hurt.

segway failure

2.You get to make other schools look bad (and yours look great).

Remember, this is a competition. Whether you’re a part of Wolfpack Nation or the Cameron Crazies, make sure you’re representing.

3.Dope prizes await the winners.

Can we say iPad?

4.It’s something other than classwork that you can do with friends. Just start a team!

5.Every time you use an alternative method of travel you’re basically giving the environment a high-five.

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6.It’s a good reason to test out your school or city’s public transit system if you haven’t already. If you have, get your friends to give it a test run with you.

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7.It’s an extra motive to get you out of bed and into class. Aren’t exams coming up? You should probably head to campus even if you’re still in your sweats.


So get out there. Log your trips on the Student Commute Challenge website and demolish the competition.


Two Link Tuesday: The Fair Edition

We’re Going to the Fair

… and we want you to come with us.

GoRaleigh, GoTriangle, and GoDurham are all running a shuttle to the fair!

NC State Fair Ferris Wheel

You can live all over the Triangle and still get to the NC State Fair using public transit. The best part? It only costs $5! Compare that to the cost of gas, the cost of parking, and the headache that comes with attempting to deal with fair traffic. We know. It makes sense.

We can’t wait to be a part of your annual trip to the fair! Follow the links below to get more information on the transit system that best suits you. See you on the ferris wheel!




Greenlights: October 2015


“Save the Date”

2015 Golden Modes Awards Ceremony, Thursday, November 12 @ 2:30 in Durham.

Lighten Up! The season is transitioning from summer to fall. The time will change again on November 1st, right around the corner. With this comes dangers for people riding bikes, walking and waiting at bus stops. Travelers at first daylight and dusk are especially at risk because it’s hard to see during that time of morning and evening. Use some caution as the wind chill drops and our days get shorter. Here are some tips to help keep you safe:

Pedestrians and transit riders:

  • Dress to be seen! Wear reflective clothing and use a light.
  • Walk facing traffic. Use sidewalks whenever possible.


  • Ride in the same direction of other traffic.
  • Lighten Up! Use white front lights and red rear lights and reflectors.
  • Obey all traffic laws the same as you would when driving a car.

Get more information on Lighten Up across the Triangle at www.GoSmartNC.org



Bernie Zimmerman, works at James Scott Farrin at the American Tobacco Campus.  Her 20-minute transfer-free transit commute is 4.6 miles each way.  Be sure to bid her a good morning or afternoon on GoDurham route #10A in the AM and #10B in the PM.  She’s been transit commuting regularly for 2.5 years.

“I live and work in Durham, and I take the bus to and from work every day.  I find it to be an extremely convenient way to travel.  It saves me gas money, wear and tear on my vehicle and I get exercise walking to the bus stop, not to mention the stress of driving every day.  My bus ride is 20 minutes both ways.  During this time, I catch up on my reading or use my phone to send/respond to texts and emails.  It’s a great way to relax!  It’s also nice to see many of the same faces on the bus every day and wish fellow passengers a good morning or good afternoon.  The bus drivers are very helpful and courteous.  Also, the buses usually run pretty close to schedule even in the snow.  I take the bus year round, and even with snow or icy roads I got to and from work pretty close to the usual time.  It is a nice feeling to know that the drivers use caution and safety in bad weather . . . driving a bus in adverse weather conditions would stress me out for sure!  And with the GoPass, I can ride for free.  That’s a huge benefit to riding the bus.  What could be better that that?

I can’t say enough positive things about riding the bus.  Not only does it provide great benefits, but it also has a positive impact on our environment by keeping more vehicles off the road and cuts down on traffic congestion.  If you can, start out by taking public transportation for one day a week.  You will probably like it so much you will soon become a regular commuter like me. “–Bernie Zimmerman

Commuter Tip:

Trip chaining:

One of the biggest reasons people shy away from joining a carpool, vanpool or consider transit are errands.  You know the stuff you do on the way to work or home and during lunch.  Picking up the dry cleaning, stopping by the store for a bag of flour or gallon of milk, grabbing breakfast for the office…these are often barriers that keep people driving to work alone and -of course- stopping by the gas station way too often for a fill up.  With a little planning, you can combine a lot of those trips and make it more plausible to share your ride to work with others a few days of the week and save money, gas and car maintenance.

Here are the top 5 tips for Trip Chaining according to www.drivelesssavemore.com

The top 5 tips for Trip Chaining:

  • Develop a list of errands for the week. Think ahead about everything you need to do and get it done all at once. That way, you won’t need to make a last-minute trip to the store.
  • Combine errands. Do you need to pick up your dry cleaning today? Why not pick it up tomorrow when you go grocery shopping? Try combining errands in just one trip.
  • Group your appointments together. For example, if both kids need to go to the dentist, make it just one trip.
  • Plan the best route and avoid backtracking. There are a number of internet sites that can help you plan the shortest most efficient route and avoid needless travel.

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Current GoPerks winners…..

FirstName LastName Employer IncentivePrizeName
Patricia Alvarez DukeUniversity $10 Dickey’s Barbecue Pit
Ray Aull City of Raleigh $5 Cameron Village Gift Card
Kathy Cox City of Raleigh $5 McDonald’s – Cameron Village
Rebecca Duffy City of Raleigh $75 Value – NC Museum of Art – SPECIAL – One Year Dual/Family Membership
Taylor Floyd City of Raleigh $10 Piccola Italia – Cameron Village
Syam Gadde DukeUniversity $50 Macy’s Gift Card
Rachel Gaylord-Miles Parsons Brinckerhoff $10 Cafe Carolina and Bakery – Cameron Village
Arne Johnson SAS $10 Mura at North Hills
Elizabeth Kunreuther UNC $25 The Oxford Restaurant
Darryl Long NCSU $10 Zinda Restaurant
Erin Morant NCSU $25 P.F. Chang’s Gift Card
Andre Pierce Wake County Government $10 Sweet Frog Chapel Hill
Bryan Poole North Carolina Department of Transportation $25 DECO Raleigh Gift Card
Ken Schoentrup GSK $25 Johnny Carino’s Gift Card
Amber Smith City of Raleigh $10 Cameron Bar and Grill
Christine Stachowicz UNC $10 Sweet Frog Chapel Hill
Sara Tinkham UNC $28 Value – IMAX at Marbles – SPECIAL – 2 Tickets
Julian Xie DukeUniversity $10 Zinda Restaurant
Elisa Arevalo Perez Hazen and Sawyer $5 Cameron Village Gift Card
Peter Chow UNC $28 Value – IMAX at Marbles – SPECIAL – 2 Tickets
Casey Weakland UNC $25 North Hills



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 http://godurhamtransit.org/september26.

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 ehawthorne@gotriangle.org.


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.