Since 2002, Triangle urban and regional fixed route and community public transportation systems have undertaken several projects aimed at coordinating and consolidating their services and functions.
In the spring of 2002, the mayors of Cary, Chapel Hill, Durham and Raleigh expressed interest in consolidating their bus systems, along with Wolfline, the bus system at North Carolina State University, and the regional system operated by the Triangle Transit Authority. The effort was intended to build on past and current initiatives to streamline transit services, expand transit options and meet future needs of our communities, while recognizing that improved transit services are critical to the Triangle's future economic competitiveness and quality of life. The Triangle Region Transit Consolidation/Implementation Plan was completed in August 2003.
Between March-September 2005, urban and regional fixed route transit systems decided to pursue increased coordination. The cities of Durham and Raleigh, the Triangle Transit Authority and the towns of Cary and Chapel Hill developed and initiated the Triangle Seamless Public Transportation Service Project. As part of the Project, staff identified a number of demonstration activities and tasks to be implemented between September 2005 and March 2007 in order to provide the most seamless public transportation service possible in the Triangle region, without merging staffs or consolidating operations under a single regional system.
In the spring of 2005, after meeting with officials from the North Carolina Department of Transportation's Public Transportation Division, Triangle area County Board Chairs expressed interest in preparing a Regional Transportation Development Plan (RTDP) for Durham, Orange and Wake counties. The Plan is intended to assess the opportunities for regionalizing services among their community transportation systems and with urban and regional systems in the Triangle. Efforts to prepare the Triangle Region Transportation Development Plan were initiated during September 2005.