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


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 for more information.

Neighborhood Bike Routes Project in Design

The 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 Roads

The 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.

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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