Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit

A GoTriangle Bus.
GoTriangle

Triangle economic development groups are examining bus and commuter rail lines in Virginia as inspiration for what could become similar systems here.

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The plan to establish a Durham-Orange Light Rail line is over. The GoTriangle board of trustees voted Wednesday to discontinue planning for the 18-mile line that would have connected the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and UNC Hospitals with Duke University and Duke Hospital and end at North Carolina Central University. 

Light rail transit with Amtrak visualization of area near Durham Station Transportation Center.
Go Triangle

After the GoTriangle board of trustees put a stop to the proposed Durham-Orange Light Rail project on Wednesday, local elected officials mourned the demise of the line that was supposed to link the two counties.

An artist's rendering of a light rail stop.
GoTriangle / Triangle Transit

The Durham Orange Light Rail project ground to a halt today as the GoTriangle board of trustees voted to discontinue planning for the 18-mile line from Chapel Hill to Durham.

Light rail transit with Amtrak visualization of area near Durham Station Transportation Center.
Go Triangle

Duke University refused to sign a cooperative agreement on the Durham-Orange light rail plan last week. School officials said they were concerned the project could disrupt sensitive medical equipment along the planned route near Duke Hospital.

Triangle Transit Authority

Duke University officials announced Wednesday that they won't sign a cooperative agreement to advance the Durham-Orange light rail plan. That leaves Durham city and transportation officials scrambling to come up with an alternative, or see the project die.

Deadline Looms For Durham-Orange Light Rail Plan

Feb 26, 2019
Light rail transit with Amtrak visualization of area near Durham Station Transportation Center.
Go Triangle

A key deadline is looming for the Durham-Orange light rail project. Officials at GoTriangle have until Thursday, Feb. 28, to sign cooperative agreements with Duke University and two railroad companies.  To date, Duke has not yet agreed to donate land needed to run the rail line through downtown Durham.

Duke officials raised concerns last November that the rail line could interfere with patient care and emergency access to the Duke University Medical Center.

Supporters say it’s possible to address these concerns after the February deadline to qualify for federal funding.

An artist's rendering of a light rail stop.
GoTriangle / Triangle Transit

Durham Mayor Steve Schewel says he's confident the Durham-Orange light rail project will move forward. That comes despite hesitation from Duke University President Vincent Price to commit land needed for the project. Price has voiced concerns this week about the potential impact the rail line’s construction could have on Duke’s campus.

An artist's rendering of a light rail stop.
GoTriangle / Triangle Transit

The Republican-controlled General Assembly gave final approval to its 2018-19 budget today, passing an adjusted $24 billion spending plan through a process that allowed for no input or amendments from Democrats.

Orange and Durham County leaders agreed Friday to accelerate efforts to update plans for a 17-mile light rail line that would stretch from UNC Hospitals to NC Central University.

A drawing of a neighborhood surrounding a light rail station.
Gateway Planning / GoTriangle

Transit consultants are hosting six public meetings in Chapel Hill starting next week to discuss possible development around stations along the proposed Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit line, which would run along U.S. 15-501.