In 2017, Durham and Orange counties adopted Transit Plans. These Plans updated the Bus & Rail Investment Plans that were voter approved in 2011 and 2012 in Durham and Orange Counties, respectively. Transit plans are managed through an agreement signed by each county, DCHC MPO, and GoTriangle.
Each plan is administered through a Staff Working Group made up of a voting staff member from each signer of the agreement.
The Durham County Staff Working Group voting members, as appointed by the General Manager of each agency, are:
The Orange County Staff Working Group voting members, as appointed by the General Manager of each agency, are:
The plans address the need for enhanced bus and rail to serve growth and provide acess to jobs and education. Funding for the plans come from:
Both plans support:
Both plans supported a light rail transit system to connect Durham and Orange counties. In April 2019, Durahm and Orange counties discontinued planning for the Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit project due to funding difficulties and an inability to reach final agreements with Duke University and the North Carolina Railroad.
Both counties are working on new Transit Plans that will use funds that would have been spent on the light rail project and reflect current community priorities.
For more on the Orange County Transit Plan update, visit http://www.dchcmpo.org/programs/transit/staff_working_group/contact.asp
More information is available at https://octransit2020.com
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 to impose a half-cent sales tax increase to fund transit. The original county transit plans were called Bus and Rail Investment Plans (BRIPs).Durham County Plan
The DCHC MPO Board approved the Durham County Bus and Rail Investment Plan on June 22, 2011. On June 27, 2011, the Durham Board of County Commissioners adopted the plan and called for a referendum on a one-half cent sales tax for public transportation. Durham County Voters passed the referendum for a one-half cent sales tax on November 8, 2011.
Orange County Plan
On October 2, 2012, the Orange Board of County Commissioners adopted the Bus and Rail Investment Plan and called for a referendum on a half-cent sales tax for public transportation. The DCHC MPO Board approved the Orange County Bus and Rail Investment Plan on October 10, 2012. Orange County voters approved the referendum for a one-half cent sales tax on November 6, 2012.
|Durham County Transit Plan|
|Durham County Transit Plan Cash Flow|
|FY 14 Durham Bus and Rail Investment Plan Report|
|Final Durham County Bus and Rail Transit Investment Plan|
|Orange County Transit Plan|
|Orange County Transit Plan Cash Flow|
|FY 14 Orange Bus-Rail Investment Plan Report|
|Approved Bus & Rail Investment Plan in Orange County|