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County Transit Plans

In 2017, the Durham and Orange adopted amended County Transit Plans. These Plans updated the Bus & Rail Investment Plans that were voter approved in 2011 (Durham) and 2012 (Orange). In the section below, you can find the original County Transit Plans (the Bus Rail Investment Plan) and the 2017 County Transit Plans. The Plans are managed through an Interlocal Agreement, each are signed by the County, DCHC MPO, and GoTriangle.

The County Plans are administered through the Staff Working Group, which is comprised of three voting members, from each signatory of the Interlocal Agreement.

The Durham and Orange SWGs usually meet jointly since they share 2 of the 3 voting members.

  •      Aaron Cain, DCHC MPO is Chair of Durham SWG and Orange SWG
  •      Patrick McDonough, GoTriangle is Vice Chair of Durham SWG and Orange SWG

The Durham County Staff Working Group voting members (as appointed by the General Manager of each agency)

  •      Durham County - Linda Thomas-Wallace, and Scott Whiteman is the Alternate.
  •      DCHC MPO – Aaron Cain, Margaret Scully is the Alternate
  •      GoTriangle – Patrick McDonough, Geoff Green is the Alternate

The Orange County Staff Working Group voting members (as appointed by the General Manager of each agency)

  •      Orange County - Travis Myren, and Theo Letman is the Alternate.
  •      DCHC MPO – Aaron Cain, Margaret Scully is the Alternate
  •      GoTriangle – Patrick McDonough, Geoff Green is the Alternate

Information for each County plan is provided below:

Durham County

The DCHC MPO Board approved the Durham County Bus and Rail Investment Plan on June 22, 2011. At their June 27, 2011 meeting, the Durham Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) approved the Plan and a call for a referendum on a one-half cent sales tax for public transportation. On November 8, 2011, Durham County citizens passed a referendum for a one-half cent sales tax.

The plan addresses the need for enhanced bus and rail to serve growth and provide regional access to jobs and school for low and moderate income families. The plan includes revenues from sales tax, vehicle registration fees, as well as the five percent car rental tax. These funds support improved local and regional bus service, better bus stops and park and rides, and long-range planning and funding for light rail and passenger or commuter rail.

GoTriangle, formerly the Triangle Transit Authority manages the regional rail projects.

Orange County

The DCHC MPO Board approved the Orange County Bus and Rail Investment Plan on October 10, 2012 followed by approval by the Orange Board of County Commissioners of the plan and a referendum on a half-cent sales tax to support public transportation. The citizens of Orange County approved the referendum by vote in November 2012.

The plan addresses needs for enhanced bus and rail to serve growth and provide geographic equity in Orange. The plan includes revenues from sales tax, vehicle registration fees, as well as the five percent car rental tax. These funds support improved local and regional bus service, better bus stops and park and rides, and long-range planning and funding for bus rapid transit (BRT), light rail, and passenger or commuter rail.

GoTriangle, formerly the Triangle Transit Authority manages the regional rail projects.

History of North Carolina and transit funding:

In August, 2009, House Bill 148 became law, allowing counties in North Carolina to hold referenda to fund transit projects with voter-approved sales-tax. Orange and Durham Counties subsequently developed county-wide transit plans and held successful referenda. The original County Transit plans were called BRIPs, for the Bus and Rail Investment Plans. These plans were created as Durham and Orange voters choose to self-tax, through sales and vehicle registration fees, to create dedicated funds for transit improvements.

The Transit Plans are managed through the Staff Working Group. This technical committee is supported by the MPO.

The Transit Plan funding is managed and reported by GoTriangle in the Triangle Tax District Fund.

More information is available at http://www.dchcmpo.org/programs/transit/staff_working_group/contact.asp