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Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit

Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit

On March 27, 2019 the GoTriangle Board of Trustees voted unanimously to recommend that the cost-sharing partners in Durham and Orange counties and the Durham - Chapel Hill - Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization discontinue the light-rail project.

The board acted on the recommendation of GoTriangle President and CEO Jeff Mann.  Find more information about the GoTriangle action here

On April 2, the Orange County unanimously approved GoTriangle’s action to discontinue the D-O LRT project and on April 8, the Durham Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved GoTriangle’s action to discontinue the D-O LRT project.  On April 10th, the DCHC MPO Board unanimously concurred to discontinue work on D-O LRT and to work with North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) to remove D-O LRT from the Draft FY 2020-2029 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) and reallocate those funds per the State Transportation Investments (STI) law on April 10, 2019. 

The Project was in engineering phase.  The Durham Orange Light Rail Project (DO LRT) received approval from the Federal Transit Administration to advance into the Engineering phase of the federal Capital Investment Grant Program, on July 28, 2017.  Full details on the project status and development process at Our Transit Future. GoTriangle managed the development, grant application, financial analysis and public review process for this project.  Questions about the D-O LRT project should be directed to Mike Charbonneau at MCharbonneau@gotriangle.org.

For more information about the Durham County Transit Plan and the Orange County Transit Plan, please visit the County Transit Plans at http://www.dchcmpo.org/programs/transit/county.asp