Commuter Options Program
Orange County Commuter Options (OCCO) helps you get to work without driving in alone, from public transportation to telework, we have you covered!
Got questions about finding a better way to work? Orange County’s Transportation Services Manager is available to help you find your best option.
Allyson Coltrane, Transportation Services Manager
Public Transit in Hillsborough, NC:
Hillsborough Circulator (fare-free service within Hillsborough): https://www.orangecountync.gov/DocumentCenter/View/1914/Hillsborough-Circulator-PDF?bidId
Orange-Chapel Hill Connector ($2, provides mid-day service Monday through Friday to Cedar Grove, Chapel Hill, see GoTriangle 420 for service during peak travel times ): https://www.orangecountync.gov/DocumentCenter/View/1916/Orange---Chapel-Hill-Connector-PDF?bidId
Orange-Alamance Connector ($2, service to Hillsborough, Efland, Mebane): https://www.orangecountync.gov/DocumentCenter/View/1915/Orange---Alamance-Connector-PDF?bidId
Hillsborough is also served by GoTriangle (also known as Triangle Transit, TTA). Their routes are currently all fare-free due to COVID. Their routes with Hillsborough service are:
GoTriangle ODX (Orange-Durham Express): https://gotriangle.org/maps-schedules/gotriangle/odx
Route 420 (operated by Chapel Hill Transit, provides morning and late afternoon service from Hillsborough to Chapel Hill) https://gotriangle.org/maps-schedules/gotriangle/420
Orange County Public Transportation
Bike Month in Orange County
May is National Bike Month and also the start of "bike season" in Hillsborough and Orange County. Check out all the ways you can participate, both virtually and in-person.
Wednesday, May 12, 4-6 pm
Cycle the Riverwalk
Entrance at Nash and Kollock St
Get ready for National Bike To Work Week (May 17-23) with free bike checks from the Clean Machine. Hosted by Orange County Commuter Options (OCCO), free lights for cyclists and pedestrians will also be available while supplies last. The event will wrap up with a quick bike ride to Gold Park at 6 pm. Cyclists should dismount at covered walkways.
All Month Long - May 2021
ALL BICYCLE TRIPS EARN DOUBLE POINTS;
PLUS BONUS POINTS FOR NEW STRNC USERS
Learn more about GoPerks and STRNC
Throughout May, cyclists who track their bike trips in the ShareTheRideNC (STRNC) Commute Calendar will earn DOUBLE points! That includes cycling trips that are part of your commute and cycling trips that are for exercise or fun. Each trip earns points to enter into prize drawings for gift cards to local bike shops, restaurants, small businesses, and local events. Cyclists can even sync their Strava, FitBit, and other apps to their accounts and automatically track trips.
Plus, something special if you're new to STRNC—throughout May, all new users receive four bonus points in the Commute Calendar. Many GoPerks prizes require 5 points, so all you have to do is track one smart trip (bike, walk, transit, carpool, vanpool, or telework), and you'll earn enough points to enter into a prize drawing. It's free, it's fun, and it's local.
Telework Trips are Eligible for GoPerks!
In terms of savings, the best commute really is no commute, and GoTriangle just makes telework even more beneficial-- tracked telework trips are now eligible for GoPerks prize drawings.
Register at STRNC.org and use the commute calendar to get points you can use to enter drawings for GoPerks prizes. The GoPerks drawing is held the first Friday of every month, so you've got until then to track your telework from the previous month.
Orange County Telework Policy and Agreement:
(For Orange County Employees Only)
North Carolina Telework Toolkit
(Information on how to start a telework program within your organization)
Personalized Trip Planning
We'll work with you one-on-one to find your best way to get where you need to be, whether that be by bus, carpool, vanpool, or biking/walking. Contact the Orange County TDM Coordinator, Brandi Beeker, 919-530-9137 to explore your commute options.
Emergency Ride Home (ERH)
If you or a family member gets sick or has a severe crisis on a day that you used a carpool, vanpool, or bike/walk to get to work, we'll send a taxi to pick you up. The ride is free, but you're responsible for tipping your driver.
When you register for the ERH program, you will be able to schedule an Emergency Ride Home trip using a taxi. You may use the service twice in a given month, up to six times per calendar year. Full, detailed instructions for the service will be provided once you register. You must work for a registered employer to take more than one emergency ride home. Students do not qualify for this program. You will be responsible only for the taxi driver's tip.
To qualify for ERH, you must be a part- or full-time employee that works or lives in Durham, Orange, or Wake county and have shared a ride, taken the bus, bike, or walked to work on the day the ride is needed. In addition to getting you home if you or an immediate family member is sick, ERH can also be used if your carpool driver has to unexpectedly leave early or stay late, or you must work unscheduled overtime that causes you to miss your shared ride or bus trip home. Register for ERH by signing up at ShareTheRideNC.org. For full details, visit GoTriangle.org/ERH.
Share the Ride NC (STRNC) is a statewide website that was created to help form carpools and vanpools. It is provided free of charge in support of the effort to improve air quality. In addition to providing rideshare matching services such as carpool and vanpool options, STRNC houses the free Emergency Ride Home program, the Commute Calendar tool, Single Trip Matching tool, and the GoPerks incentive program. Visit sharetheridenc.org to learn more.
Get rewarded for your Go! Track your trips by bus, bike, walk, carpool, or van to get points you can use for $5 gift cards and other cool prizes. Visit gotriangle.org/goperks for details.
Transportation Management Plan: Southern Orange County Government Services Campus