BGMPO Regional Transit Feasibility Study

The Burlington-Graham Metropolitan Planning Organization (BGMPO) is studying opportunities to better coordinate and expand transit service through the Regional Transit Feasibility Study. This study will also look at ways to improve regional transit access to nearby destinations like Greensboro, Durham, and Chapel Hill. It will consider equitable and innovative approaches to providing transit service, assess multimodal connections, reduce service duplication, determine cost-effective ways to enhance service, evaluate safety performance targets and measures, and develop funding recommendations. With limited available transit funding, understanding tradeoffs and priorities for service improvements will be central to the project. 

This study is being developed by the BGMPO with support from partners at GoTriangle, Alamance County Transportation Authority (ACTA), Orange County Public Transportation, LINK Transit, and Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (PART). It is supported by funding from the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) Integrated Mobility Division.  

Regional Transit Feasiblity Study Final Draft - February 28th Community Meeting

The BGMPO and area decisionmakers want your input on the draft Regional Transit Feasibility Study! BGMPO is hosting an open house on February 28 to review the draft study and get community input. We invite you to stop by any time between 3 and 6 p.m. to learn more!

The draft study addresses future transit service, funding, and governance in the MPO planning area.  It recommends:

• Providing additional transit service in the BGMPO area.

• Stronger coordination between the five transit systems in our area, Alamance County Transportation Authority (ACTA), Burlington’s LinkTransit,          GoTriangle, Public Transportation, and the Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (PART).

• Exploring additional transit funding sources, such as additional municipal contributions, a countywide vehicle registration fee, or a 1/4 cent sales tax    referendum.

• Studying potential consolidation of LinkTransit and ACTA.

The study will be presented for approval at the BGMPO Transportation Advisory Committee public hearing on March 19 at 5:30 p.m. in the

City of Burlington Municipal Building,
1st floor Conference Room (425 S Lexington Avenue), Burlington NC 

October Public Meeting Update

BGMPO hosted a second round of public meetings to share an update on the project and three draft scenarios for the future of transit in the Burlington-Graham area. A virtual public meeting was held on October 24 and an in-person public meeting on October 26. Both meetings covered the same content:

What We’ve Heard About Transit Service Needs

Service Expansion Scenarios (Governance and Funding Options)

Regional Service Expansion Plan Concept

The meeting slides are available for review as a PDF (link), or you may watch the video recording of the virtual meeting to learn about the three scenarios here (recording).

Online Community Survey #2 – Live Now

To collect input from community members who were unable to attend an October public meeting, an online survey will be available from October 31 to November 21. Take the survey now to tell us what you think about the three draft scenarios and share it with your networks to help us get as many responses as possible!

[Online survey #2]




Online Community Survey Report

The BGMPO recently completed a Regional Transit Feasibility Study (RTFS) Community Survey to gauge public perception of regional transit service and identify acceptable tradeoffs and priorities for service improvements. The RTFS, conducted by Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Associates, Inc. in collaboration with the BGMPO and the five regional transit providers - Alamance County Transportation Authority, Link Transit, GoTriangle, Orange County Public Transportation and Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation, seeks to develop innovative, equitable and cost-effective service enhancements. The overall community engagement effort includes in-person and virtual public meetings, stakeholder focus groups and public surveys. The results of the Community Survey are posted here (presentation).


Existing Conditions Report

The BGMPO is studying ways to improve transit operations throughout the region that includes all of Alamance County and portions of Guilford and Orange Counties.  As part of the planning process, BGMPO sought community input from key stakeholders and the public on challenges using existing local and express transit service and priorities for future improvements through surveys and community meetings.  The resulting Existing Conditions report sets the stage for developing a data-driven approach to service and funding recommendations for the final report.

This Existing Conditions Report is the first major step in the development of the Regional Transit Feasibility Study. The Existing Conditions report analyzes and summarizes demographic, commuting trends, transit ridership trends, equity, governance, funding and other existing conditions with the goal of helping the community understand the issues and opportunities of our regional transit systems. This analysis will be used to support the planning and community engagement process conducted during development of the Regional Transit Feasibility Study.

Existing Condition Report


Any member of the public requiring translations or special accommodations of any kind are requested to contact the BGMPO,, at least seven (7) business days before a scheduled meeting. The BGMPO will make every reasonable accommodation to ensure inclusive public involvement.


It is the policy of the BGMPO to ensure that no person shall, on the ground of race, color, sex, age, national origin, or disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity as provided by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987, and any other related non-discrimination Civil Rights laws and authorities.