The city's public bus system, the Durham Area Transit Authority, will offer a bunch of rider perks next week, starting with free fare on Monday. Other events include free ice cream and chicken sandwiches.
It's all part of "Try Transit Week," to encourage public transportation, reduce congestion and carbon emissions, according to a city news release.
The release says Monday's promotion is in honor of "International Car Free Day." Here's the full schedule:
- Monday is Fare Free Day in Durham on all DATA buses.
- Tuesday is Customer Appreciation Day, and DATA will give away ice cream and bike and pedestrian blinking lights beginning at 3 p.m. at the DATA Transfer Facility at 521 Morgan St. The offer is good while supplies last.
- Wednesday is the Stuff-the-Bus Food Drive at the Chick-fil-A on Roxboro Road. Residents are encouraged to donate at least three non-perishable food items or three hygiene items and receive a coupon for a free Chick-fil-A sandwich. Join us from 10 a.m until 1 p.m. and meet 620AM Sports Talk Host Bomani Jones and register to win tickets to a UNC, Duke or N.C. State Football game. All proceeds will go to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina.
- Friday is Employee Appreciation Day. Residents who join DATA at Tuesday’s Customer Appreciation Day are asked to nominate their favorite operator for a special Rider’s Choice Award.