- About Us
The Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (PART) is a unit of local government created in 1997 to enhance all forms of transportation in the Piedmont Triad Region. Our work is part of a larger statewide effort to improve transportation systems in North Carolina. Working with our partners, we strive to enhance mobility, address congestion, and reduce transportation related impacts on our air quality.
We are governed by the PART Board of Trustees with representatives from:
- Ten member counties
- Four Metropolitan Planning Organizations
- Triad’s four largest cities
- High Point
- Two regional airports
- NCDOT Board of Transportation
Our goal is Improving Transportation through Regional Cooperation.
Our mission is to enhance the quality of all forms of transportation for each of our citizens through efficient use and protection of our natural, economic and human resources.
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PART Programs & Services
Our staff works on a variety of transportation related programs and services:
- Community Outreach and Education
- Commuter Resources & Transportation Demand Management (TDM)
- PARTnership Employer Services
- Piedmont Transit Resource Call Center
- Piedmont Triad Freight Study
- Piedmont Triad Regional Model
- Regional Vanpool Program
- Transit Planning
- Regional Express Bus System
- PART Express
- Commuter Resources
- Regional Transportation Planning
- Service Vehicles
- Contracted Services
Our cities and towns thrive, working and growing together. PART Express contributes to our sense of community by connecting all of us within our region. PART Express is the regional bus system connecting the major cities of the Piedmont and bringing people from the outlying counties into the urban areas. PART Express has been in operation for 16 years for since September of 2002. There are 17 PART Express Routes and Shuttle Routes are offered during weekdays with several Routes running on the weekend. There are 28 Park and Ride lots scattered across the Piedmont Triad. PART served 439,472 passenger trips in Fiscal Year 2018 and reduced vehicle miles traveled (VMT) by 6,982,500 Miles.
Educating on, advocating for, and providing alternative transportation strategies to reduce single-occupancy vehicle trips in the Triad. The Commuter Resources department has continued to serve as a resource for commuters interested in riding transit, carpooling, or vanpooling in the Triad. During Fiscal Year 2018, TDM efforts reduced vehicles miles traveled (VMT) by 12,982,032 Miles. There are 51 Vanpools in Operation and 116,853 Calls were Answered by Piedmont Transit Resources Call Center in Fiscal Year 2018.
PART staff is involved in a number of regional projects related to:
- Congestion management along regionally significant highway corridors
- Highway, freight and transit planning
- Impacts of growth and development on mobility and our transportation network
PART accomplishes this by:
- Convening, coordinating and assisting with transit initiatives including bus and bus shelter procurement, technology evaluation and acquisition,
- Leading the development and implementation of regional plans such as passenger rail, seamless mobility, transit development and comprehensive regional plans.
- Being the custodian of the Regional Travel Demand Model for four MPOs and NCDOT. The model is a transportation planning tool that helps inform Metropolitan Transportation Plans, assists with Air Quality Conformity, and evaluates the effectiveness of transportation and transit enhancements.
- Assisting our partner local governments, transit agencies, NC Department of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration with transportation related projects, technical assistance, issues and concerns in the Piedmont Triad.
There are currently 40 vehicles in the PART fleet, consisting of makes such as:
- New Flyer
- 16 Orion VII 40 foot buses with 39 passenger seats
- 3 Sprinters with 16 passenger seats
- 6 Champion Challenger 24 foot vehicles with 18 passenger seats
- 8 New Flyer Xcelsior 40’ vehicles with 38 passenger seats
All vehicles are wheelchair accessible except the Sprinters. All vehicles also have bike racks.
PART Express bus service is provided through a contract with National Express Transit Corporation. The contractor is responsible for operations which includes:
- PART CTC staff
- Vehicle maintenance
National Express provides 41,000 hours of revenue service annually.