Regional Transit Development Plan

The Time is Now: Development of a regional transportation solution

Managing the benefits and challenges of growth is one of the most important issues communities face. North Carolina’s population is projected to reach 12 million people by 2030, ranking it the seventh most populated state in the nation. The Piedmont Triad is expected to grow 15% over the next 10 years reaching 1.8 million by 2020, and is projected to top 2 million by 2030. With this growth comes a set of transportation challenges and opportunities. More people typically means more congestion, which impacts our economy, environment and quality of life. However, when growth is planned and managed effectively, communities can reap the benefits of shared resources, such as a regional transportation system. A regional transportation system would support economic development, help establish the region as a place of distinction and provide mobility choices to commuters.

Quick Links

RTDP Summary of Recommendations (Adobe PDF) Two page summary of recommendations for the project, more detailed recommendations can be found in the documents below.

Survey Results (Adobe PDF) Summary of Regional Transportation Survey Results.

Public Comment Report (Adobe PDF) Public comments received on final draft.

Job Creation (Adobe PDF) Transit investments create job opportunities. Would you support an investment that created 1,784 jobs?

Planning for our future

The Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (PART) understands the importance of keeping our region moving today and in the future. PART coordinated with nine other transit systems, transportation planners, and city and county officials in our 10 county region to develop a Regional Transit Development Plan (RTDP). Stakeholder interviews were conducted to discuss the plan and identify transit needs. An online survey and public forum was held for opportunities for the public to participate in the planning process. The analysis included the evaluation of Piedmont Region’s existing transportation network to learn more about travel patterns, routes, destination centers, infrastructure and more. This information helped identify existing and future transportation needs. The plan stimulates the use of a sustainable, effective and efficient regional transportation system.

Piedmont Triad Regional Transit Development Plan

Map of 2025 Regional Transit Vision (Adobe PDF) A consolidated view of the plans recommendations covering 10 counties.

Strategic Corridor Analysis (Adobe PDF) Transit and Financial Plans covering Alamance, Davidson, Davie, Randolph, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, and Yadkin.

Strategic Corridor Analysis County Summaries (PDF) Summaries and individual maps for Alamance, Davidson, Davie, Randolph, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, and Yadkin.

Transit Development Plan Map (Adobe PDF) A consolidated view of the plans recommendations for Forsyth and Guilford Counties

Transit Development Plan (Adobe PDF) Transit Plans covering Guilford and Forsyth Counties.

Transit Development Plan Financial Analysis (Adobe PDF) Financial Analysis for Guilford and Forsyth Counties.


  • On November 10, the PART Board of Trustees accepted and approved the Piedmont Triad Regional Transit Vision for 2025. To enable implementation the Board also requested that each Metropolitan Planning Organization and Rural Planning Organization within the Piedmont Triad adopt the plan and include its recommendation in their individual Long Range Transportation Plan updates.
  • A copy of the plan was presented to each member county and transit agency.
  • The plan was presented to each MPO and RPO for adoption and incorporation of the plan’s recommendations in future updates of their Long Range Transportation Plan. Each agency accepted the plan but the mechanism for funding implementation was not addressed.
  • PART Board and member counties have worked to secure funding to implement the plan’s recommendations.
  • Recommendations that have been placed into service:
    • In 2012 YVEDDI implemented a route in Surry County connecting Mt. Airy, Dobson, and Elkin. A circulator was also implemented.
    • In 2013 Davidson County Transportation implemented a circulator system.
    • In 2014 the City of Burlington approved implementation of a fixed route system.
    • In 2015 PART Expanded the Route 4 Medical Connector to an Express Route through Alamance County connecting with Triangle Transit in Mebane.

As of January 2015

Measuring Success

The plan identified performance measures that will be used to evaluate the success of recommendations once implemented.  Our goal is the monitor and report on recommendations that are implemented on report their success.

Archived Documents

Strategic Corridor Plan – Stakeholder Interview Summary (Adobe PDF) – A summary by county of information recieved from stakeholder interviews.

Strategic Corridor Plan – Housing Needs Assessment (Adobe PDF) – A county-by-county assesment of housing and demographics.

Strategic Corridor Plan – Employment Access and Commuting Patterns (Adobe PDF) – An evaluation of employment centers and commuting patterns.

Transit Development Plan – Existing Conditions Including Housing (Adobe PDF) – An assesment of housing demographics and potential transit ridership in Forsyth and Guilford Counties.

Related Resources

Project Fact Sheet (Adobe PDF)
Project Schedule (Adobe PDF)

To submit your comments or questions, or if you would like to request information about the RTDP, please contact:

Mark E. Kirstner
PART – Senior Transportation Planner
7800 Airport Center Drive, Suite 103
Greensboro, NC 27409
(336) 235-6651