Think outside the (big) box and go for an art walk instead.

Shop, explore, and be inspired at the Durham Art Walk Holiday Market, Saturday, Nov. 22 & Sunday, Nov. 23 from  10:00am-5:00pm

Shop, explore, and be inspired at the Durham Art Walk Holiday Market Saturday, Nov. 22 10am-5pm & Sunday, Nov. 23 from 10:00am-5:00pm

Did Thanksgiving sneak up on you, too? I’m having  difficulty believing that at next week this time I’ll be recovering from massive amounts of pumpkin pie and family togetherness. Frankly, I am not in the mood. Luckily, I think there may be a cure for my grinchery.

This week’s TransitThursday post touched on the idea that there’s no better way to get to know a place than to get outside and go for a walk. Just in time for the weekend, here’s an idea to lift your holiday spirit and get inspired, all while getting acquainted (or falling in love again) with downtown Durham and supporting local businesses and artists.

The Durham Art Walk Holiday Market brings together an array of local artists and puts them all in Durham’s City Center for your shopping convenience. This year’s market happens Saturday, Nov. 22 from 10am to 5pm and Sunday, Nov. 23 from 1 to 5pm. In addition to the items that are available for purchase, there’s also live music, food, and other fun events, including chances to earn BullCityBuck$.

Check out their page for full event details, including a map showing the fare-free Bull City Connector route. Pro-tip: Why not plan your Saturday around the BCC’s route for a full day of fun? Click here to start planning. If you need help figuring out where to eat, check out the BCC Dining Guide. If you just need help figuring out the bus, take a look at the other links on that page or give us a call at 919-485-RIDE.

Speaking of the BCC Dining Guide, be on the lookout for a roundup of other holiday happenings that are along the Bull City Connector’s route, coming next week!

#TransitThursday: Sustainable Travel Heroes Needed!


I talk about the bus a lot, y’all. At public events where I’m repping DATA, Triangle Transit, or GoTriangle, sure, but I’ve been known to work in a plug for public transit in some pretty odd moments, i.e. while being sedated during a medical procedure.

You know what, though? I’m not the only one who has a lot to say about my chosen smart commute. I spoke to a woman at a National Night Out event on Tuesday who loves Triangle Transit, and there are lots more people like her who stop by my table at events around the Triangle to tell me how they’ve figured out how to save money and their sanity by using the bus, biking, walking, or sharing their ride via a vanpool or carpool. Do you know someone like that? Are you somebody like that? Tell us about it– the 2014 Golden Modes nominations are open!

Each year we reward those individuals, employers and organizations that are committed to promoting sustainable transportation, improving our environment and reducing tra­ffic. Please take a few minutes to nominate an individual or company to let them know their dedication to smart commuting is appreciated – you can even nominate yourself! Just use the links below to complete our short nomination form or visit Winners will be recognized at the 2014 Golden Modes Award Ceremony in RTP on November 13th.   Continue reading

Transit Thursday: Next stop… local veggies!

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Don’t you just love the Durham Farmers’ Market (DFM)? It’s got stellar Yelp reviews, inspired a Bon Appetit “postcard” write-up, and is probably the most happening spot downtown pre-10am on Saturdays. In fact, the only thing I don’t like about the market is that I have to get up early to score the best finds (consider yourself warned!).

The DFM is all about community and to help make sure that everyone could enjoy the fruits (and veggies) of our NC farmers, they began accepting EBT/SNAP (food stamps) this past spring. This Saturday they’re launching the Double Bucks Program, a new program that will match SNAP benefits up to $10 per person.

It just so happens that we’ll be launching a free shuttle to the Durham Farmers’ Market starting this Saturday, too! Look for the SPECIAL BCC at Durham Station to get a ride. Look for the signs and if you’re coming this Saturday, July 19, I’ll be there in the morning with our re-usable shopping bags, perfect for toting your market finds. If you miss me at the station, come look for me at the DFM’s info table.

Oh, one more thing. One of Charge Ahead Durham’s three weekly challenges is to ride the bull– no, not the one at Shooters, I’m talking about the Bull City Connector. If you’re going to go to the Durham Farmer’s Market, why not take the shuttle back and go ahead and get your charge done?




Transit Thursday: Bull City Dining Guide

Happy Friday! Er, Thursday, that is. Tomorrow’s 4th of July holiday marks our second long weekend this summer. Since many vacationers experienced high traffic and gas prices on Memorial Day, we’re again encouraging people not to hit the road and instead hit up their local scene. Staycations are an awesome opportunity to explore Triangle culture and save money, and this time, we’ve made it a little easier with our first-ever Bull City Connector Dining Guide!


The BCC offers free rides along Main Street in Durham, a route that passes by some of Durham’s best eats and treats. Now, 80+ local eateries have teamed up to offer discounts and deals to anyone who presents the Dining Guide at participating locations. From fresh baked donuts to drinks on the patio, you can enjoy all the perks of vacation without ever picking up your keys.

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To get your staycation started, click here to download the official Bull City Connector Dining Guide. Each eatery is labeled by stop number and price point, so for the next step, find the stop nearest you using the one of our transit apps. Finally, be sure to show us your favorite finds on Twitter and our Facebook page, or share your best #foodstagrams with us on Instagram.

Have a great holiday weekend!

– Grace

Bull City Love Connector?

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The bus can be a great place to meet someone new. Just ask Romania and Quincey Myers, a married couple who met on the DATA route 4 in 2010. If you’re looking for your own happy ending, we might be able to help.

With Valentine’s Day less than two weeks away and with #GoLove in full swing, the Bull City Connector is offering its seats to people who are looking for love.  Join us on Friday, February 14th for a quick round of speed dating. We’ll rendezvous at the Pinhook  at 7  before catching the 7:20 Bull City Connector. We’ll ride the route in its entirety and let each pair of speed daters get to know each other. We’ll return to the Pinhook about 40 minutes later.  Just in case you made an impression with someone who was a bit shy, we’ll also send you a match list a few days after the group date. 

The night will still be young, so you’ll be free to explore Durham’s nightlife with your new friends. Our rallying point, the Pinhook, will be presenting Beauties and the Beast, featuring the Durham-based quartet, The Beast, and performances by Boom or Bust Burlesque.

To join the fun, sign up for free speed dating here. Just to get us in the mood– what’s your idea of the perfect Valentine’s Day?

Connect with #Transit in the Triangle

Travelers want technology to be better integrated into public transportation and for public transportation providers to embrace social media.

That little snippet was taken from this Accenture news release about their global survey of transit users. The survey polled 4,500 people in major cities around the world. While transit here in the Triangle isn’t exactly world-class (yet!), we’ve got some pretty good tech to make travel easier. In addition to our real-time arrival system, GoLive, many of the agencies that are a part of GoTriangle are active on social media.

Read on for a list of how you can reach out and talk to your favorite bus. Remember, these accounts aren’t monitored 24/7 (usually 8-5pm M-F), so for customer service questions please call 919-485-RIDE (7433).  Continue reading

Bull City Connections

Happy Belated New Year, BCC foodies! This month we found our way to Alivia’s Durham Bistro. This particular day treated us with temperatures in the 60’s and a covered patio, but we promise our review was not influenced by the great weather. Enjoy!

Where is Alivia’s Durham Bistro?

Alivia’s Durham Bistro ( is located at 900 W. Main Street

Using the BCC you’ll get off at:Alivia's Club

Stop 24: Brightleaf Square Main

Main St. at Gregson St.

GoLive Stop ID 6387

What did you order?

NJ: I decided to go with Alivia’s Club Sandwich minus the ham, but I added their pesto cream sauce. For a side, I chose the Bubbly Mac and Cheese (which you can also order as an entrée when it’s on special).

LJL: I’m a bit of a connoisseur when it comes to Cuban sandwiches and I’m always eager to see what kind of personal touch a restaurant adds to this classic. Alivia’s special edition is apricot-black currant chutney, combined with spicy mayo. It’s honestly one of the best Cubans I’ve ever had, by far—and the chutney gets the credit there. Alivia's CubanI also had the Bubbly Mac and Cheese as a side, because who can resist the gooey, sometimes crisply-crusted deliciousness of a freshly-baked personal macaroni and cheese? I certainly can’t.


How was the service?

NJ: Service is really casual here. You don’t feel rushed to move your meal along, so that was nice. Our waitress was also really helpful when it came to making recommendations and confirming the changes I wanted to make on my sandwich.

LJL: The service was pretty good. I always enjoy a server who really knows the menu and is happy to make recommendations, or (most often in my case) help a patron choose between two equally tempting menu selections. Our waitress seemed to know the menu inside and out and gave me detailed reviews of each of the options I was considering.

Overall Impression?

NJ: I really like the outside of the building! Doesn’t hurt that my favorite color is green though. When I walked inside I got a typical bar/tavern feel, but the food is nothing of the sort. I also really like that they have three options for seating- outside patio, covered patio, and indoor.

LJL: This is the kind of place that’s great for a relaxed, casual lunch with co-workers or friends. On the other hand, there are some great looking dinner options as well. I don’t find my self in Durham around dinnertime very often, but I may need to find an excuse to hit up Alivia’s in the evening soon (they offer a Pan-fried Ravioli entrée that sounds like it’s worth the trip from Raleigh).

Would you eat here again?

NJ: To be perfectly honest, this was my second trip to Alivia’s. The first time I stopped by, I had their Bubbly Mac and Cheese as an entrée with a side Caesar salad. I’m telling you right now, the mac and cheese is reason enough to return again- I did.

LJL: I really hope to eat here again, sooner rather than later!

Do you have a place that you’d like us to review along the Bull City Connect route? Let us know!