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 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

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


DCHC MPO Coordinated Public Transportation Plan Update

Are you interested in sharing your ideas to improve transportation services for seniors and persons with disabilities in Durham and Orange counties? Please join the Durham-Chapel Hill- Carborro Metropolitan Organization staff to help update the 2014 Coordinated Public Transit Plan (CTP). Click here for details. 

September is Try Transit Month!

Curious about transit? GoDurham is offering a fare-free day on September 22 so that Durham residents and visitors can take our local transit system for a spin. Find out about GoDurham routes, or plan your trip using the Transloc Rider or Transit mobile applications. 

Bicycle Improvements Planned For Many Durham Roads

The Transportation Department is currently designing bicycle improvements on more than 10 miles of roads throughout the City. A drop-in style meeting will be held at The Whitted School on Saturday, September 22 between 10am and 1pm. You can also 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

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 is currently working on developing an action plan. 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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