Transportation Department

The Transportation Department is responsible for a broad range of transportation services, which include traffic signs and signals, transportation planning, parking operations, street lighting, taxicab administration and bicycle and pedestrian planning.

Transportation Systems & Infrastructure

The department also oversees the city’s public transportation system - GoDurham and the DATA ACCESS service for persons with disabilities. The Transportation Department leads planning functions for the Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization (DCHC MPO), which plays an integral role in funding, enhancing and expanding transportation infrastructure in Durham as well as other communities in the region. The provision of a sound transportation system is critical to maintaining a strong economy.

The department works to increase transportation choices as well as local and regional connectivity by planning for and securing funds for highways, public transportation, and bicycle and pedestrian improvements. As guided by the City’s Strategic Plan, the City’s Transportation Department helps to strengthen the foundation, enhance the value, and improve the quality and sustainability of neighborhoods that are necessary for a strong and diverse community.

Department Divisions & Staff

  • Administration
  • Traffic Operations
  • Transit, Parking and Passenger Vehicle for Hire
  • Transportation Planning
  • Transportation Services
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Current News

Dockless Bike Share Launches in Durham

Bike share has begun in Durham! Spin, LimeBike, and Ofo have been given a permit to operate in the city. Check out this flyer to learn more, or visit our bike share webpage.

Economics of Land Development Presentation

Economics of Land DevelopmentJoe Minicozzi recently spoke to city residents on the Economics of Land Development. The talk discussed the value of land per acre, and analyzed Durham and the development occurring throughout the city. Minicozzi, Principal at Urban 3, is part of the team working on the Durham Belt Line Master Plan. You can view the presentation here.

New Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon Signals 

A new traffic signal is appearing around Durham designed to improve safety and mobility forHAWK pedestrians while minimizing disruptions for drivers of motor vehicles. Information on how the signal works can be found here. The signals will be installed at locations on NC 54, Duke Street, Gregson Street, and Guess Road. Additional locations are being considered by the City and NCDOT. If you have questions, contact Leslie Tracey.


Durham-Orange Light Rail and Durham County Transit Plan

Interested in the status of the Durham-Orange Light Rail Project, or other transit projects in Durham County and throughout the Triangle? Visit to learn more.

New Transit and Train Partnership

When getting off the train in Durham, you can now request a transit pass to help you get to your final destination.
Just request a pass from conductors while on the train and present it when boarding the bus. It’s valid for one ride and one transfer only on the day of travel. Many other cities are also participating, so when travelling from Durham to other areas of North Carolina, ask the conductor for a similar pass. Learn more at

Metered Parking

Metered on-street​ parking in downtown Durham helps provide visitors convenient and accessible parking for business, entertainment and shopping. Please visit the PARKDURHAM website to learn about rates, view a map, and get instructions on how to use the meters. 

Vision Zero

The City held it's first quarterly meeting in November, and is working on developing an action plan and sub-committees. Vision Zero is an approach that recognizes no traffic fatalities or serious injuries are acceptable. This article explains what other cities are doing to improve safety. The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) recently adopted its own Vision Zero policy, and launched NC Vision Zero