Research Triangle Park, NC (Oct. 3, 2019) – All kinds of Triangle residents have discovered that leaving the driving on our increasingly stop-and-go roads to an unflappable bus operator can be life-changing, and it’s a discovery the area’s transit agencies want more people to make as a three-county investment in transit continuously improves our regional network.
Together, GoCary, GoDurham, GoRaleigh and GoTriangle have produced the “Your Better Way to Go Campaign” to tell real stories of real riders sharing the good news about how transit can be, among other things, your stress-free, reliable, affordable and earth-friendly way to go.
“With Wake, Orange and Durham counties together growing by more than 80 people a day, our roads are going to get only more crowded, and transit will become the better way to go for more and more people,” says Mike Charbonneau, chief communications officer for GoTriangle. “We want those who aren’t taking a bus right now to see how easy and life-altering it can be.”
As part of the campaign, you’ll see Phinehas, a jazz musician from Durham who has taken the bus to gigs and to lessons with his guitar students.
“Music teaches life sometimes. It teaches good life skills and keeps kids focused, and I’m happy to be a part of that,” he says. “I’ve been able to make my appointments riding the bus. If they say 3:30, my bus gets me there around 3 o’clock, and we’re all set. I walk to your house and it’s over and I walk back out and go to the bus again.”
Billy is a longtime Wake County public school teacher who took the bus to graduate school to get his master’s in school counseling.
“There really is a quality of life issue,” he says. “As you’re driving in the morning and traffic gets worse, there’s a multiplier effect on your mood and your state of mind. Seventy minutes of a relaxing commute on the bus with time to work is much better than a stressful hands-on commute.”
Shaina is a community organizer who takes the bus to get around to entertainment and meetings.
“By the end of [my last job], I almost felt like I was working the job to make enough money to pay for my car to get to my job,” she says. “It was depressing. I used a tank of gas every week. My tires were getting worn out. I had to pay $500 to get those replaced.”
Find out more about how to find your better way to go at yourbetterwaytogo.org.