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Proposed Rail Project Meetings To Be Held Next Month

This fall’s public meetings on the proposed Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project will provide key information on the 17-mile project between Chapel Hill and Durham.

“Next month’s meetings are a crucial step toward completing the Draft Environmental Impact Statement that will be published and available for public comment next spring,” said David King, General Manager of Triangle Transit.

Among the topics for review at the meetings will be upcoming key decisions on alignment and station location alternatives as well as how those decisions will be made. Attendees will be able to see conceptual station site plans, results from a public survey of alternatives and potential locations for a Rail Operations and Maintenance Facility. 

The workshops will be held on:

  • Tuesday, November 18th from 11 A.M. to 2 P.M. – Durham Station Transportation Center,  517 W. Pettigrew Street, Durham, 27701
  • Tuesday, November 18th, 4 P.M. to 7 P.M. – UNC Friday Center, Chapel Hill, 27517
  • Wednesday, November 19th, 4 P.M. to 7 P.M. – Marriott/Spring Hill Suites, 5301 McFarland Road at Patterson Place, Durham, 27707
  • Thursday, November 20th, 4 P.M. to 7 P.M, Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville Street, Durham, 27701

The project cost is estimated at $1.34 billion dollars (in 2012 dollars) or $1.8 billion (with inflation).  Voters in Durham and Orange counties approved a one-half cent sales tax to fund the local share of the light rail project along with new and expanded bus service.  Additional funds are expected from state and federal sources.

Earlier this year, the Federal Transit Administration gave Triangle Transit the go-ahead to enter Project Development.  The proposed Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project is one of only two light rail projects nationwide which were allowed to proceed by the US Department of Transportation in 2014.

The meeting sites are accessible to persons with disabilities.  Accommodations for people with disabilities or translations and ASL services can be arranged by calling 800-816-7817 at least one week before each meeting.

Information on bus routes to the meetings is available by calling 919-485-RIDE (7433). 

An updated video flyover of the proposed project and more information is available at   

For more information about the meetings, please contact Brad Schulz at 919.485.7434 or