Saturday is Bus Operator Appreciation Day in Carrboro! We thank all transit operators for their dedication, hard work, and the essential services they provide.
“I encourage all residents and visitors to incorporate public transit into their transportation routines; to become advocates for local and regional public transit; and, most important, to thank our local and regional bus operators at every opportunity,’ said Mayor Damon Seils, who has issued the proclamation available at https://www.carrboronc.gov/DocumentCenter/View/12539/2023-Bus-Operator-Appreciation-Day-Proclamation
Communities across the United States observe Transit Driver Appreciation Day each year on March 18 to recognize transit operators who start their days before the sun rises and finish them long after the sun is set, including working weekends and on or around holidays, while many of us are spending time with family and friends.
The COVID-19 public health emergency reinforced how vital public transit is to our communities; and throughout the emergency, bus operators worked on the front lines, adapting to new work environments and safety requirements and helping transit users safely reach essential destinations while also responding to significant changes in their own lives.
Our community is served by Chapel Hill Transit, which operates the second largest transit system in North Carolina as a partnership between the Town of Carrboro, the Town of Chapel Hill, and the University of North Carolina. The system provides fare-free, 7-day-a-week transit service to help our communities and the university meet our transportation, sustainability, and equity goals.
The proclamation also recognizes GoTriangle which extended regional transit service into Carrboro in 2016, and since that time, has operated weekday service between downtown Carrboro and downtown Durham.