RTA Priority: Accelerate the Durham-Orange transit corridor between Durham and Chapel Hill
RTA has consistently supported the acceleration of the Durham-Orange transit corridor and the timely completion of an enhanced regional transit network. Durham and Orange counties led that effort by passing successful transit referenda earlier this decade, including plans with bus, bus rapid transit, commuter rail, and light rail components.
GoTriangle has completed its environmental study for the Durham-Orange corridor and received a Record of Decision for the proposed light rail corridor that would connect UNC Hospital with Duke University, Downtown Durham, and NC Central University by 2028. RTA applauds the completion of this milestone.
RTA will continue to push for repeal of the rail funding cap in the General Assembly.
In addition, RTA has commenced a cooperative initiative with GoTriangle called “Multimodal 54” to explore both short- and long-term opportunities to strengthen multimodal regional connectivity between Chapel Hill-Carrboro and southern Durham/RTP/RDU/Wake County.
Support for Exploration of Dual Use Transitway To optimize the usefulness of the proposed major light rail transit investment in the Durham-Orange corridor, the RTA and the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce previously endorsed the consideration of dual use operation for portions of the transitway corridor (e.g., east of Chapel Hill) by “interlining” bus rapid transit operation along the corridor.
We are no longer pursuing the dual use concept after receiving technical guidance about its feasibility in 2016 from GoTriangle.