Triangle Transit's Route 420 weekday bus to Chapel Hill seats up to 25 riders, but sometimes there are more than 30 making the morning or afternoon rush-hour trip. The little bus operated by Orange Public Transportation isn’t equipped for strap-hangers, so the overflow crowd sprawls on the narrow floor.
There will be more dignified seating for rush-hour riders starting Nov. 3. Chapel Hill Transit this week agreed to provide a bigger bus, with a wider aisle and at least 40 seats, for the busiest morning and afternoon runs.
“They will use their full-size buses to run those trips for us,” said Erik Landfried, a planner for Triangle Transit.
Triangle Transit teamed up with Orange County to launch the Chapel Hill - Hillsborough service in 2006, but the three-county agency didn't have a big bus of its own to spare for Hillsborough riders.
Most the riders, about 150 each day, work at UNC. Orange Public Transporation will continue to serve the less crowded mid-day runs.
Details, including a schedule and route map, are available online or by phone at 485-7433.