Durham and Orange Counties’ Light Rail Project

The D-O LRT Project is a 17.7-mile project that will provide over 26,000 trips to residents and commuters taking advantage of employment, healthcare and educational opportunities in Durham and Chapel Hill. The rail project will connect three of the top ten employers in the state (Duke University, UN- Chapel Hill and UNC Health Care).

The light rail will provide:

  • 10-minute frequency during peak times, 20-minute frequency during off-peak times
  • Operate in a dedicated guideway, separate from traffic
  • Offer 18 stations, nine park-and-ride locations and connections to other transit services
  • Provide relief to 17 bus routes that currently serve portions of the corridor, allowing them to be rerouted to serve other areas of the community
Durham County Residents Approve Half-Cent Sales Tax

Durham County residents vote to approve a half-cent sales tax

2011
Orange County Residents Approve Sales Tax

Orange County residents vote to approve half-cent sales tax.

2012
Tax District Begins

Collection of the half-cent sales tax and increased vehicle registration fees begins on April 1.

2013
DOLRT Project Development

The Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project enters the FTA New Starts Project Development Phase.

2014
DOLRT Publishes Record of Decision

The D-O LRT Project publishes a combined Final Environmental Impact Statement and Record of Decision (FEIS/ROD), completing the requirements for Project Development within the two-year timeframe.

2016
The D-O LRT Project Adds NCCU Station

The D-O LRT Project completes a Supplemental Environmental Assessment and publishes an amended Record of Decision adding a station at North Carolina Central University.

2016
Durham and Orange Counties’ Approve New Transit Plans

On April 24, 2017, the Durham Board of County Commissioners approved the Durham County Transit Plan.

On April 27, 2017, Orange Board of County Commissioners approved the Orange County Transit Plan.

On April 28, 2017 the Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization (DCHC MPO) and the GoTriangle Board of Trustees approved the Durham County and Orange County Transit Plans.

2017
FTA Approves D-O LRT Project to Advance to Engineering Phase

Research Triangle Park, NC (July 28, 2017)

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) approves the D-O LRT Project to be advanced into the Engineering phase of the federal Capital Investment Grant Program.

2017