The goal of transit-oriented development is to vastly reduce the need for driving by using train stations to create “urban villages.” Many also include protected bike lanes and easy connections to bus routes.
After analyzing the possibilities surrounding Orange and Durham counties’ light-rail project, Gateway Planning Group worked with GoTriangle, Durham, Chapel Hill and the Triangle-J Council of Governments to draw up one development scenario for each of the project’s 18 station areas and compiled its work into a guidebook:
- TOD Guidebook (Full Report with Appendices)
- TOD Guidebook (Main Document)
- Chapel Hill Station Area Analysis
- Durham Station Area Analysis - Leigh Village to Duke/VA Medical Center
- Durham Station Area Analysis - Ninth Street to NCCU
- Action Steps for Durham and Chapel Hill
- The Affordable Housing Shortage and the Opportunity of Light Rail
- Raising the Roof: Linking Housing Affordability and Transit Investments
The guidebook’s blueprint provides one possible future among thousands of potential scenarios to best capture the opportunity the light rail brings to guide growth, expand access to opportunity, increase jobs and generate tax revenue that allows the region to invest in other goals. Here is a look at what each scenario would bring to the community.
A Look at the Stations
This station sits on the southern edge of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill near athletics facilities. Peak demands will align with special events such as basketball games and football games. The station also provides additional connectivity to the rest of campus via pedestrian, bike and frequent bus access.
Woodmont is ripe for mixed-use development opportunity. Existing development is suburban, but a few key parcels are undeveloped, offering an opportunity to create a mixed-use neighborhood destination with a variety of housing types transitioning to the nearby garden apartments, condominium complexes and single-family neighborhoods.
This station will unlock the transformative potential for an aging suburban area with possibilities for strengthening connections to nearby residential areas.
It serves the major employment and medical destinations of Duke University Medical Center and VA Hospital.
They serve central downtown, with one at the Durham Transportation Station providing GoDurham and GoTriangle bus connections and the other at the main north/south pedestrian spine and core of the downtown Durham business district.
*If the strategies in the book were implemented, Durham and Orange counties could realistically expect $3.3 billion to $4.5 billion in extra property value, $1.4 billion to $1.9 billion in new tax revenue and 46,300 new jobs within the rail corridor through 2057.