DURHAM: Feds give approval to develop Orange-Durham light rail - WNCN: News, Weather

Feds give Triangle Transit approval to plan Orange-Durham light rail

Posted: Updated:
DURHAM, N.C. -

Durham-Orange Light RailTriangle Transit was given the go-ahead Tuesday to begin development on a 17-mile light rail between Chapel Hill and Durham.

The Federal Transit Administration announced Tuesday that it had approved Triangle Transit's request to enter project development on the 17-mile Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project.

"We can now proceed to complete the environmental process, advance our engineering and make final alignment decisions," said Triangle Transit General Manager David King.

"We will also use this time to strengthen our financial plan and work with our municipal and university partners on land use and housing issues around stations."

The project development phase is expected to take two years, followed by a three-year engineering phase.

Construction on the 17-mile light rail would begin after completion of the engineering phase, and is expected to take four to five years, Triangle Transit said.

The light rail line would run from Chapel Hill to East Durham. The proposed stops include:

  • UNC Hospitals and UNC
  • Mason Farm Road
  • Friday Center
  • Hillmont
  • Leigh Village
  • Patterson Place
  • South Square
  • Duke University
  • Duke University Medical Center
  • The VA Medical Center
  • Downtown Durham
  • Alston Avenue/North Carolina Central University.

As of 2012, the project cost was estimated at $1.34 billion. The local share of the rail project would be funded by a one-half cent sales tax increase approved by Durham and Orange county voters.

The sales tax increase also helps fund expanded bus service.

Copyright 2014 WNCN. All rights reserved.

  • Durham CountyMore>>

  • Lovette found not guilty in Duke student's death

    Lovette found not guilty in Duke student's death

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 3:19 PM EDT2014-07-30 19:19:27 GMT
    File photoFile photo
    A man convicted of killed UNC student body president Eve Carson was acquitted Wednesday in the murder of a Duke graduate student in 2008.
    A man convicted of killed UNC student body president Eve Carson was acquitted Wednesday in the murder of a Duke graduate student in 2008.
  • Grant Hill to donate $1.25M to Duke

    Grant Hill to donate $1.25M to Duke

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 2:55 PM EDT2014-07-30 18:55:29 GMT
    Former Duke and NBA star Grant Hill and his wife, Tamia, are giving $1.25 million to the school. (Contributed)Former Duke and NBA star Grant Hill and his wife, Tamia, are giving $1.25 million to the school. (Contributed)
    Former Duke and NBA star Grant Hill and his wife are giving $1.25 million to the school.
    Former Duke and NBA star Grant Hill and his wife are giving $1.25 million to the school.
  • Durham assistant police chief sues city over racial discrimination

    Durham assistant police chief sues city over racial discrimination

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 2:15 PM EDT2014-07-30 18:15:33 GMT
    Assistant Police Chief Winslow Forbes says Chief Jose Lopez overlooked black officers for promotions based on race.Assistant Police Chief Winslow Forbes says Chief Jose Lopez overlooked black officers for promotions based on race.
    The attorney for an assistant chief of police in Durham has filed a lawsuit against the City of Durham, Chief Jose Lopez and City Manager Tom Bonfield.
    The attorney for an assistant chief of police in Durham has filed a lawsuit against the City of Durham, Chief Jose Lopez and City Manager Tom Bonfield.
Powered by WorldNow

1205 Front St., Raleigh
N.C., 27609

Telephone: 919.836.1717
Fax: 919.836.1687
Email: newstips@wncn.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.