The Fall 2020 Roadmap gives guidelines that limit each Chapel Hill Transit bus to a capacity of 10 people. From our experiences as UNC students, the Chapel Hill Transit buses were frequently at capacity, if not overcrowded, at all times of the day. Relying on public transportation is a reality for many students and members of the Chapel Hill community. In an effort to make the use of buses reliable and equitable, we propose a digital sign-up process for students to reserve a space on the bus. Sign-ups for the day will be released at 7:30 a.m. the morning before the requested day. Patrons have a maximum of two sign-ups per week starting on Mondays until Friday (weekends are excluded from reservation capabilities). People with accessibility concerns who rely on the buses for transportation will be exempt from this limit and a certain number of spaces on each route will always be reserved for them. Students will also have the opportunity to sign up for waitlist spots. In the event that someone cancels, students on the waitlist will automatically take the available spot. Allowing students to use their OneCard to check-in on the bus creates an inclusive platform for UNC students that do not have access to smartphones. The goal of this app and the overall system is to reduce anxiety and worry around getting a spot on the bus, and also reduce the number of people waiting at bus stops.
Marley Davis-Martin – UNC Student at the Kenan-Flagler Business School and the Hussman School of Journalism and Media. Siona Kshirsagar – UNC Student at the Kenan-Flagler Business School
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