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


New Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon Signals 

A new traffic signal is appearing around Durham designed to improve safety and mobility for pedestrians while minimizing disruptions for drivers of motor vehicles. A flyer on the new signals was included in July's water bill explaining how the signals work. 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.

City of Durham Sustainability Report 

Interested in learning how the City of Durham is ensuring environmental stewardship, social responsibility and economic prosperity? Check out the City’s first-ever Sustainability ReportThe report, created by the City’s General Services Department and the City/County Sustainability Office in partnership with all City departments, includes a timeline of major environmental milestones, baseline measures for key indicators such as greenhouse gas emissions, tree canopy and residential water use as well as highlights sustainability programs and accomplishments across multiple City departments including Transportation. The findings will be used as the City develops a comprehensive Sustainability Plan.

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 Begins Downtown

Metered on-street​ parking has begun in downtown Durham, helping 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 new meters. 

Vision Zero

The department is currently gathering baseline data to develop into a Vision Zero campaign. 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