Steps for Using Your GoPass to Ride Public Transit

PLEASE NOTE:  Due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19, GoTriangle and other “Go”-transit systems (GoTriangle, GoRaleigh, GoDurham, GoCary) will continue to suspend fares for the 2021-2022 academic year. This means they will not accept payment and there is no fare. You may simply board the bus and ride.

As a result, Duke students and employees do not need a GoPass in order to ride the bus and will not need to provide any type of payment or show ID while riding the "Go"-system buses. Duke Parking and Transportation will not offer the GoPass during the 2021-2022 academic year as they are unnecessary to ride “Go”-system buses. If there are any changes to this policy, we will notify past GoPass holders, post an advisory at and update this page.


1. Plan Your Trip

Use Google Transit or the GoTriangle Transit Trip Planner to see which bus to take. You can enter home and work addresses, plus the time you'd like to travel, and receive to-the-minute, step-by-step details on options. Important: Be sure to set the time of day on the planner to the time you actually plan to travel.

2. Track the Bus Online

GoTriangle, GoDurham, GoRaleigh and Chapel Hill/Carrboro Transit buses can be tracked online in real-time. View real-time bus tracking by downloading the free TransLoc Rider app to your mobile device. If you don't use a smartphone, you can receive bus arrival alerts via text. Learn more at

3. Bring Your GoPass and Duke ID

Bring your GoPass and DukeCard with you, and either swipe or insert the GoPass in the terminal at the front of the bus. Note that you won't be able to use your GoPass for special event one-time routes, like those for the North Carolina State Fair.

4. Sign Up for Free Emergency Ride Home

Duke staff and faculty who work or live in Durham, Orange or Wake counties can take advantage of the free Emergency Ride Home service provided by You are eligible for the service if you've shared a ride, taken the bus, or biked or walked to work on the day the emergency ride is needed. Duke registered commuters must pre-register to use this service.

5. Stay Informed

Contact these area transit providers if you need details regarding their services. You may subscribe to alerts about service interruptions.