Now that Triangle Transit trustees and the Durham City Council have endorsed the basic idea, they want to hear what the public thinks about their plan to have Triangle Transit take over management, planning and marketing for Durham's transit service, DATA.
Two public information sessions are planned at DATA's Durham Station transit center, 515 W. Pettigrew Street: 2-6pm Tuesday, May 4, and 2-6pm Friday, May 14.
Hoping not to alarm DATA riders and drivers, officials have refused to mention any changes they might have in mind for the future, except for one: a plan to reshape routes on U.S. 15-501 between Chapel Hill and Durham, now shared by the two bus agencies and Chapel Hill Transit. Those changes were proposed to take effect in August, but they've been postponed for now.
There is general talk about improving efficiency, reducing overlaps and coordinating the work of DATA and Triangle Transit. But there is a promise that no changes would be made in the first year under Triangle Transit management, tentatively scheduled to start Oct. 1.
DATA riders and workers should be able to hold public officials to these terms, as spelled out today in a DATA news release: ... [MORE]