Transportation Systems & Infrastructure The department also oversees the city’s public transportation system - and GoDurham 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
- Traffic Operations
- Transit, Parking and Passenger Vehicle for Hire
- Transportation Planning
- Transportation Services
New Downtown Durham Wayfinding System in DevelopmentThe City of Durham is embarking on the development of a new wayfinding system that
will replace the existing outdated program. The Wayfinding Signage will help people find
their way easily and encourage visitors to discover our attractions and community assets
including parking. Take an online survey here.
Central Durham Transportation Study Underway
The Central Durham Transportation Study, or Move Durham, will develop a clear vision for the future of transportation and mobility. We are asking residents to help identify priority projects, programs, and policies. Visit movedurham.org for more information.
Neighborhood Bike Routes Project in DesignThe City of Durham is developing neighborhood bike routes on low-volume, low speed neighborhood streets. For more information on this project and learn how to get involved in the design process, visit the project site.
City of Durham to Participate in Safe Streets, Smart Cities Academy
The City of Durham has been selected to participate in Smart Growth American's Safe Streets, Smart Cities Academy. Staff from the Transportation Department will complete in-person and online training modules, and implement a pilot project at the end of the training.
Bicycle Improvements Planned For Many Durham RoadsThe Transportation Department is currently designing bicycle improvements on more than 10 miles of roads throughout the City. You can learn more about the corridors and planned improvements, and find links to community input surveys, on this webpage.
Dockless Bike Share in Durham Spin and LimeBike currently have a permit to operate in the city. Check out this flyer to learn more, or visit our bike share webpage.
Durham-Orange Light Rail and Durham County Transit Plan
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 ncbytrain.org.
New Transit and Train Partnership
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.