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The DCHC MPO approved a Locally-Preferred Alternative for rail transit. 
MPO Selects Locally Preferred Alternative
The Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC -- MPOP's policy board) approved a Locally Preferred Alternative for the Durham-Orange county and the Durham-Wake county rail transit corridors at their meeting on February 8, 2012.  Copies of the signed resolutions are available at the following links:

     Signed Resolution for Durham-Orange rail transit corridor (939 KB)
     Signed Resolution for Durham-Wake rail transit corridor (1 MB)

Next Steps
Over the next several months, Triangle Transit will continue to develop the studies needed for federal New Starts applications (i.e., federal grants for rail transit) and over the next few years will further refine the alignment and station locations, and environmental impacts.  The following document provides a draft schedule:

     Draft Schedule for Rail Transit Study Process (58 KB)

TAC Conducts Public Hearing
The DCHC MPO board (Transportation Advisory Committee - TAC) conducted a public hearing at their meeting on January 11, 2012.  Citizens addressed TAC members to express their preferences from the Alternatives Analysis, which provides recommendations on rail transit alignment, stations and technology (e.g., light rail vehicles, bus rapid transit) to serve riders in the Durham-Orange county and Durham Wake county rail transit corridors.  The key documents related to the public hearing are available at the following links:

     Summary of Public Comments (67 KB)
     Compilation of All Public Comments (3 MB)

Public Involvement
The TAC voted at their June 22, 2011 meeting to release the rail transit alternatives analysis for public comments.  The public comment period closed January 11, 2012.  Public Involvement activities have included:

    * Workshops
Staff worked one-on-one with the public to answer their questions on the Alternatives Analysis, and received public comments.  A compilation of the public comments that were received is at the following link:

       Compilation of Public Comments (2 MB)

The two Workshops included:

          - Chapel Hill Town Council Chambers: August 29th, 4pm to 7pm, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill.
          - Durham Station Transportation Center: August 30th, 4pm to 7pm, 515 W. Pettigrew St., Durham.
    * The TAC conducted a public hearing at their meeting on January 11, 2012.  At that meeting, citizens addressed the TAC with their preferences and concerns for the proposed Locally Preferred Alternative for rail transit. 

Other Information Sources
The Triangle Transit Authority (TTA) was responsible for completing the Alternatives Analysis and thus the Analysis documents and previous studies can be found at their project Web site called

In addition, the following article provides a history on passenger rail development in North Carolina:

      Passenger Rail Development in North Carolina (4 MB)

Alternatives Analysis Documents
Citizens can find electronic copies of the Alternatives Analysis reports at the following Web pages.  Information on the location of printed and DVD copies at local libraries is also available, as well as instructions for ordering printed and DVD copies.  Readers will note that each Alternatives Analysis is comprised of several detailed volumes of analysis data.  Thus, staff suggests starting your review with Volume 1 (called Detailed Definition of Alternatives Technical Report), which contains relatively more summarized data.

    * Durham-Orange Corridor
    * Durham-Wake Corrdior

The Triangle Transit Authority released an addendum to the Alternatives Analysis reports on August 26, 2011.  That addendum clarifies the effective study area in the Little Creek and New Hope Creek corridors and the ongoing process to identify the location of stations, and proposes the addition of studying a commuter rail station at Alston Avenue, which is in the vicinity of NCCU (North Carolina Central University), Durham Technical Community College and east Durham.  The following link provides a copy of this addendum:

      Addendum to Alternatives Analysis (350 KB)

You can contact Andy Henry (DCHC MPO Transportation Planner), (919) 560-4366, x-36419, , with any questions or concerns.
Last Updated ( Monday, 09 July 2012 )
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