D-O LRT Project Refinements

North Carolina Central University Station Refinement

Supplemental Environmental Assessment for the proposed Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project.


The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) issued a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS)/Record of Decision (ROD) in February 2016 for the Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit (D-O LRT) Project, which is located in Durham and Orange Counties, North Carolina. In response to comments made on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), in the combined FEIS/ROD, FTA and GoTriangle committed to analyze the feasibility of extending the alignment to North Carolina Central University (NCCU).

FTA determined that a Supplemental Environmental Assessment (Supplemental EA) would be required to document any associated impacts. The proposed design refinement would change the location of the eastern terminus in Durham by adding a station near NCCU. The proposed change is referred to as the “NCCU Station Refinement.”

The FTA and GoTriangle prepared a Supplemental Environmental Assessment (Supplemental EA) in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) on the NCCU Station Refinement. The Supplemental EA, published on November 7, 2016, concluded that the NCCU Station Refinement would not result in significant adverse social, economic, or environmental impacts. The Supplemental EA also included a preliminary determination in accordance with Section 4(f) of the U.S. Department of Transportation Act that the NCCU Station Refinement would not result in any new use of properties protected by Section 4(f).

Comment Period

The Supplemental EA was available for 30-days of public review. Copies of the document were available electronically for public review on the D-O LRT Project website ourtransitfuture.com and on the GoTriangle website at gotriangle.org. Hard copies were available for public review at the Go Triangle administrative office, the North Carolina Central University Shepherd Memorial Library, and the Durham Public Library – main branch. Public comments were accepted in writing until December 7, 2016.

Final Agency Action

On December 14, 2016, the FTA issued an Amended ROD, Final Section 106 Effects Determination, and Final Section 4(f) Determination for the D-O LRT Project NCCU Station Refinement finding that the requirements of the NEPA and Section 4(f) of the U.S. Department of Transportation Act of 1966 have been satisfied.

The amended ROD amends the prior FEIS/ROD issued by the FTA on the D-O LRT Project in February 2016. Decisions and determinations included in the prior ROD remain unaltered, except where the Amended ROD expressly alters them based on the limited environmental review contained in the Supplemental EA. The Amended ROD approves the inclusion of the NCCU Station Refinement in the D-O LRT Project.

This decision is based on the information presented in the November 2016 Supplemental Environmental Assessment (Supplemental EA) and substantive public comments received during the 30-day public review period. FTA found no significant environmental impacts from the NCCU Station Refinement.

The Amended ROD may be found on this webpage below and in the “Library” section. It can also be viewed at GoTriangle’s Administrative Office: 4600 Emperor Boulevard, Suite 100, Durham, NC 27703.

Additional Information

Anyone desiring additional information may contact:

Jeffrey Sullivan, Public Involvement Associate,
P.O. Box 13787
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709

(919) 485-7490

If you would like to review previous environmental documentation, please visit the Library Page or view Final Environmental Impact Statement/Record of Decision and Appendices: ourtransitfuture.com/projects/durham-orange/feis-rod/.

Amended Record of Decision for the Proposed D-O LRT Project NCCU Station Refinement

Amended ROD for D-O LRT Project’s Proposed NCCU Station Refinement
[65 pages | PDF | 2.7 MB]

Appendix A – Responses to Agency Comments
[24 pages | PDF | 629 KB]

Appendix B – Responses to Substantive Public Comments
[13 pages | PDF | 268 KB]

Appendix C – Agency Comments
[31 pages | PDF | 13.7 MB]

Appendix D – Public Comments
[29 pages | PDF | 3.8 MB]

Appendix E – Section 106 Determination
[140 pages | PDF | 20.2 MB]

Supplemental Environmental Assessment

Supplemental EA for D-O LRT Project’s Proposed NCCU Station Refinement
[98 pages | PDF | 12.6 MB]

Appendix_A – Resources_With_No_Impacts
[7 pages | PDF | 124 KB]

Appendix_B-1 – Travel_Demand_Methodology_and_Results
[27 pages | PDF | 812 KB]

Appendix_B-2 – Traffic_Simulation_Report
[171 pages | PDF | 21.4 MB]

Appendix C – Basis for Engineering Documents
[45 pages | PDF | 6.5 MB]

Appendix D – Visual and Aesthetic Conditions
[10 pages | PDF | 1.1 MB]

Appendix E – Section 106 Coordination
[46 pages | PDF | 7.4 MB]

Appendix F – Natural Resources
[7 pages | PDF | 239 KB]

Appendix G – Noise and Vibration
[63 pages | PDF | 3.4 MB]

Appendix H – Hazardous Materials
[9 pages | PDF | 749 KB]

Appendix I – USACE Jurisdictional Determination
[58 pages | PDF | 7.3 MB]

Appendix J – Public Outreach Materials
[77 pages | PDF | 16.7 MB]

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