Notice to the Public of Section 106 Assessment of Effects for Historic Properties Available for Public Review
RE: ER 12-0378, Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project, Durham and Orange Counties, North Carolina
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA), in cooperation with the Research Triangle Regional Public Transportation Authority (dba “Triangle Transit”), is currently in the project development phase for the proposed Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit (D-O LRT) Project (an “Undertaking,” pursuant to 36 C.F.R. 800.4(a)(1) and 800.16(d)). In accordance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended and 36 C.F.R. 800, the FTA and Triangle Transit herewith advise all interested persons or groups that the proposed project will have No Adverse Effect on historic properties eligible for the National Register of Historic Places (National Register).
The proposed D-O LRT Project is a 17 mile double-track light rail transit (LRT) line with 17 proposed stations that will greatly expand transit service in Durham and Orange Counties. The D-O LRT Project extends from western terminus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) at the UNC Hospitals Station to the eastern terminus in Durham at the Alston Avenue Station.
Section 106 regulations require that the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) identify historic properties listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register within the project’s Area of Potential Effects (APE); assess effects to historic properties; avoid, minimize, and/or mitigate any adverse effects; and consult with North Carolina’s State Historic Preservation Officer and other consulting parties throughout the Section 106 process as appropriate.
Twenty-five historic properties listed in or determined eligible for the National Register have been identified within the D-O LRT Project’s APE. These historic properties include buildings, districts, and structures. The effects of the D-O LRT on all historic properties were assessed and are documented in a Section 106 Assessment of Effects for Historic Properties Report, which was prepared in compliance with C.F.R 800.4 and 800.5. FTA and Triangle Transit have determined that the project will have “No Effect” on thirteen properties and “No Adverse Effect” on twelve properties out of the 25 National Register or National Register eligible properties located within the APE. This determination was made in consultation with the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office and other consulting parties.
The public comment period for the Draft Section 106 Assessment of Effects for Historic Properties Report is now closed, however, any person or group wishing to submit comments may continue do so. Comments may be mailed or emailed. Emailed comments should be marked “SECTION 106” in the subject line and directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Mailed comments should be mailed to SECTION 106/D-O LRT Project c/o Triangle Transit, P.O. Box 530, Morrisville, NC 27560.
The Section 106 Assessment of Effects for Historic Properties Report is available for public inspection and copying at GoTriangle’s Administrative Offices at 4600 Emperor Blvd., Durham, NC 27703 or online at http://ourtransitfuture.com/projects/durham-orange/.
You can view supporting documentation as a part of Appendix N of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Draft Section 4(f) Evaluation.