Transportation has been a hot topic in Guilford County lately.

Guilford County Commissioner Carly Cooke is heading up a county transportation initiative funded by federal relief dollars from the American Rescue Plan Act.  The Piedmont Authority For Regional Transportation (PART) is hoping to get more money to expand its services. And the City of Greensboro has been putting a whole lot of time and effort into its long-term transportation plans.

Part of those plans include a proposal to greatly expand the city’s bus system, and now city leaders want to hear more residents’ opinions about the proposed growth of the Greensboro Transit Agency.

 As part of GoBORO – Greensboro’s long-range transit planning process – city planners are asking those who live in Greensboro to review a draft of the proposed bus network and then take an online survey, which is available in both English or Spanish.

The deadline to participate is June 30 and there are also city events where input can be given in-person as well.

City of Greensboro Transit Director Reginald Mason said the stakes are very high so residents’ input will be extremely helpful and greatly appreciated.

“After nearly a year of careful planning and conversation with the community, we’ve come up with a Draft Bus Network that will get more people to more jobs and important destinations quicker than under our current system,” Mason stated in a Wednesday, April 24 press release asking for input. “If fully implemented, this plan will be transformational. We welcome residents’ continued input to see whether we got this right – and whether they would support funding GoBORO.”

According to city officials, GoBORO’s draft of the bus network expansion, which proposes more than doubling the current investment in GTA, would provide the following benefits…

  • Several frequent, crosstown routes that would allow riders to get from one side of the city to the other without switching buses at the downtown Depot
  • Shorter wait times to get to high-interest areas
  • Service to new areas, including Piedmont Triad International Airport
  • Three on-demand transit zones “where users can call for service similar to how Uber operates.”

The Draft Bus Network would allow most residents to reach 100 percent more jobs within 45 minutes than under the current bus system.

Also, it would be a major move toward Greensboro’s goal of becoming a “car-optional” city.

The plan calls for the expanded and improved bus service to be rolled out in several phases over the next ten years, but that all depends on funding.

GoBORO is proposing a countywide, half-cent sales tax increase to pay for the expansion and other transit services in Guilford County and High Point. In order for that to happen, the Guilford County Board of Commissioners would need to allow the measure on a ballot and voters would have to approve it.

The county commissioners discussed a half-cent sales tax increase for transportation at a work session last week; however, the board showed little to no interest in doing anything anytime soon because the board is laser-focused on getting voters to approve a quarter-cent sales tax increase for Guilford County Schools that will appear on the November ballot along with what will be perhaps the most interesting and exciting presidential race of all time.

In addition to the survey, residents can offer feedback directly to “GoBORO ambassadors” at the following community events:

  • First Friday, 6 p.m. to 8 pm, May 3 at the Greensboro Cultural Center at 200 N. Davie St. in downtown.
  • Wheels on the Greenway, 9 a.m. to noon, May 4, Woven Works Park at 401 Cumberland St.
  • South Side Street Night Market, 5 p.m. to 9 pm, May 18, Downtown Greenway at Bragg Street and S. Elm St.
  • World Promenade, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., June 2, Bicentennial Garden at 1105 Hobbs Rd.

You can learn more about the GoBORO planning process at