The DCHC MPO plans to amend the Locally-Preferred Alternative (LPA) for the Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit system (D-O LRT). The change will extend the D-O- LRT from the Alston Avenue station to a station at the North Carolina Central University (NCCU). Engineering studies have shown that the extension is technically feasible and would generate high ridership. This change will require an amendment to the 2040 MTP to allow the NCCU station to advance into the engineering phase with the rest of the D-O LRT project. This document provides additional information and a map: Amendment #3 Memo and Map.
The Durham City Council and Durham Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) voted to recommend that the DCHC MPO so amend the LPA and the 2040 MTP on September 22, and on October 4, 2016, respectively.
Amendment #3 would change references to the D-O LRT in the 2040 MTP to make it clear that the project extends to NCCU. It should be noted that there are several, coordinated efforts underway to update the transit portion of the MTP financial plan, including: Go Triangle efforts to identify additional light rail and transit revenue sources -- (complete by January 2017); update of the Bus and Rail Investment Plans for Durham and Orange counties (complete by April 2017); and, adoption of the 2045 MTP (including the financial plan -- complete by September 2017).
The public is encouraged to review Amendment #3 and provide their comments to the MPO Board in two ways:
The MPO will accept public comments from October 19, 2016 through December 6, 2016. The MPO Board plans to approve the LPA and 2040 MTP amendments at their December 14, 2016 meeting.
Please direct any questions to Andy Henry using the contact information above.
The MPO Board adopted Amendment #2 to the 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) on October 19, 2016. The adopting resolution and exhibit are available. The remainder of this Web page provides a background on the Amendment and the public input process.
In April 2016, the Chapel Hill Town Council adopted the Locally Preferred Alternative for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) in the north-south corridor in Chapel Hill. The north-south BRT is already in the 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP), however, the Preferred Alternative adds an extension from the UNC hospitals to Southern Village, and the costs are increased. This change will require an amendment to the 2040 MTP to allow the Town to begin the Federal Transit Administration (FTP) Small Starts process to obtain grant funding. The MPO has the option of not amending the 2040 MTP and then making the change in the 2045 MTP, which is scheduled to be completed in mid-2017. However, the Town wants to begin the New Starts process by September 2016 to help obtain FTA funding for the BRT project development process. The Chapel Hill BRT presentation provides a summary of the approved BRT system.
Amendment #2 (summary and copies)
Amendment #2 would change references to the Chapel Hill BRT in the 2040 MTP to make it clear that the route extends to Southern Village and would update the expected headways. These changes are shown in the proposed amendment to Chapter 7 and Appendices 2 and 3. This amendment will not update the financial plan of the 2040 MTP. The cost increase for the Chapel Hill BRT, approximately $62 million, is a fraction of the $6.8 billion total Plan cost. The 2040 MTP also had a surplus of $67 million that can cover the cost increase.
The public is encouraged to review Amendment #2 and provide their comments to the MPO Board in two ways:
The MPO will accept public comments through September 26, 2016.
Questions can be directed to Andy Henry at the contacts above.
The DCHC MPO Board amended the 2040 MTP on September 9, 2015 to ensure that the highway projects and rail policy in that plan properly matched the FY 2016-2025 Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Program (MTIP). The following documents provide details on the amendment:
The FY 2016-2025 Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Program (MTIP) must be a subset of the 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP). In order to maintain this relationship, some MTIP projects will need to be added to the 2040 MTP and several 2040 MTIP projects will need to have the air quality threshold year, cost, project length or other data adjusted to match the FY 2016-2025 MTIP.
In addition, federal regulations require the MPO to approve a Conformity Determination Report (CDR) for the amended 2040 MTP and the FY 2016-2025 MTIP. This CDR will be a short form because the MPO is not required to complete a corresponding regional emission analysis.
The MPO had a public comment period that lasted through July 31, 2015, and then conducted a public hearing at the Board’s August 2015 meeting. This period meets the MPO’s public involvement policy, i.e., 42 days for MTP amendment and 30 days for conformity determination.