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

Current News


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
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FHWA Investing in Bicycle and Pedestrian Research


We are excited that the Federal Highway Administration is investing in pedestrian and bicycle research. This video highlights the ways they are helping communities, including Durham, develop connected networks, improve safety, promote equity, and encourage more people to walk and bike. 

Reminder - Please Report Street Light Outages 


As days are shorter and Daylight Savings Time (DST) has ended, properly functioning street lights become critical to ensure safe travel for all users. To help our community we are asking residents to report improperly functioning streetlights. If you recognize a light that is out or in need for repair in your neighborhood or as part of your daily travel, you can submit a repair request directly to Duke Energy. Thank you!