Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project
What is the D-O LRT Project?
The D-O LRT Project is a light rail transit project that will connect Chapel Hill and Durham in North Carolina. This project is about 17 miles long and will serve 17 stations in areas that have been identified for future compact development and growth.
The project will serve major universities; medical facilities; employment centers; athletic, arts and culural facilities; and transportation hubs. The project is designed to connect to current and future transit services, including the Durham-Wake Commuter Rail Project and the North-South Bus Rapid Transit Project in Chapel Hill.
The combined Final Environmental Impact Statement and Record of Decision was published in February of 2016. You can view the FEIS/ROD and appendices at: http://ourtransitfuture.com/projects/durham-orange/feis-rod/.
Project Fly Through
Take an virtual tour of the project, by watching the video below.
Any changes in the project?
In response to public comments received, GoTriangle is evaluating the possibility of providing light rail service to North Carolina Central University’s campus. The addition of this station would provide service high-quality, frequent service to the students of NCCU and the surrounding neighborhoods, which could make it the most used station in Durham. This connection would connect three of the Triangle’s major universities and provide greater access to educational opportunities and partnerships at other campuses for the students of NCCU, Duke and UNC, and residents of Durham and Chapel Hill.
In addition to evaluating service to NCCU, we continue to look at other refinements in the project that were identified in the public comments on the Environmental Impact Statement.
Any updates on the funding?
Leaders from our local governments, universities, health care centers and businesses are working with GoTriangle to make Durham and Orange Counties’ transit goals a reality.
As a reminder, federal funding for this project can be up to 50% of the total project cost. In 2011 and 2012, voters in Durham and Orange counties approved a one‐half cent sales tax to provide funding for the project, along with vehicle registration fees, and a portion of vehicle rental taxes. The project is eligible to again be scored to receive state funding in later funding prioritizations.
GoTriangle is committed to working with our partners to identify additional funding sources to help complete the D‐O LRT Project.
You can learn more about the project with resources below: