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Triangle Transit to Operate Robertson Scholars Bus

Triangle Transit to Operate Robertson Scholars Bus

Bus will remain free with use of GoPass

Durham, NC - Beginning Jan. 7, 2013, Triangle Transit will assume operation of the Robertson Scholars Express Bus that provides transportation between Duke and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Robertson Scholars and members of the Duke community can continue to ride the Robertson Bus for free by using a GoPass, which allows all Duke students and eligible faculty and staff unlimited rides on DATA, Triangle Transit and Capital Area Transit at no charge. Riders without a GoPass must pay the standard $2.50 fare for Triangle Transit Express routes.

The change in service provider has no impact on the schedule frequency or drop-off locations. 

Allen Chan, executive director of the Robertson Scholars Program, said the bus has provided a great service for collaboration between the two universities, and the change will help provide support for continued service. 

"We have subsidized the cost of the bus since the program began seven years ago," Chan said. "The route now serves a broad range of riders, including some people who are not affiliated with either university. Triangle Transit can operate this type of route more efficiently and help us recoup some cost for the service from riders who are not affiliated with either university."

Duke students and eligible faculty and staff can continue to ride the Robertson bus for free using a GoPass, which can be obtrained in person with a valid DukeCard at one of Duke's Parking and Transportation offices at 2010 Campus Dr. (near the corner of Campus Drive and Anderson Street) or 04230 Duke Clinic (near the Medical Center Bookstore, on the same level as the Duke Clinic Food Court). Visit the Duke Parking and Transportation website for details about eligibility and hours of operation.

Robertson Scholars received an email last week from the Robertson Scholars Program notifying them of the change and that additional direction about picking up a designated GoPass prior to the change in service would be provided soon.

For more information on route times, review this bus schedule.

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Thanks for your question. We've been working on spreading the word. This article ran in the Working and Student sections of Duke Today and was picked up and included in The Week at Duke, which is sent to all university staff. Duke's transit department will be posting fliers on all Duke buses, and scholars received a direct email about the change. We're open to other ideas, too, so please let us know. 

Thanks again,

Leanora Minai

Editor, Duke Today/Working@Duke

Why has this news not been more widely disseminated?

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