Sunday, March 20, 2011

Bus service to come to Hillsborough

The Hillsborough Town Board approved an agreement with the Orange County Board of Commissioners for a circulator bus service through the town. The free bus would operate for four hours in the morning and four hours in the afternoon—a schedule set to maximize connectivity with Triangle Transit Authority's 420 route—and currently has 16 stops, one of which lies outside the town limit. Planning Director Margaret Hauth said that the route will undergo some fine-tuning once the service has begun and the public can give some feedback on additional routes, convenience of times etc.
The bus service will be funded through a three-year Federal Transit Administration Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality grant, which funds 80 percent of the cost each year and requires and 20 percent local match. The North Carolina Department of Transportation will supply that local portion for the first year, and Hillsborough will pick up the funding for the second and third years.
The service should start sometime in late spring early summer, hopefully in May.

Preliminary stop schedule for the Hillsborough circulator bus route
Note: these stops are subject to change as the bus route is tweaked over the next few months.
Stop 1—Fairview Park
Stop 2—Faucette Mill/Cornelius streets
Stop 3—Whitted Forest Apartments
Stop 4—West Hill Avenue (Bennett Mobile Home Parkes)
Stop 5—West King Street (Village Diner)
Stop 6—West King/N. Hassell streets (near the Recreation Department)
Stop 7—Library
Stop 8— Department of Social Services Hillsborough Commons
Stop 9—Patriots Pointe Apartments
Stop 10—Gateway Village Apartments
Stop 11—Oakdale Village
Stop 12—Orange County Durham Technical Community College
Stop 13—Hampton Pointe
Stop 14—Senior Center/Sportsplex
Stop 15—Orange County Courthouse
Stop 16—North Hills Plaza

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