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Orange County approves plan to move Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit project forward

Posted April 27


— The Orange County Board of Commissioners approved the Orange County Transit Plan at its work session Thursday night.

The 5-2 vote will allow the proposed Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit (DOLRT) project to move forward.

The board also approved the Durham-Orange Light Rail Cost Sharing Agreement, which calls for Durham to pay 81.5 percent of the local construction costs and Orange to pay 16.5 percent. The remaining 2 percent will be funded by a community collaborative.

“The potential benefits of the light rail are great. This project could stimulate economic development along the route, reduce congestion on our roads and make it easier for people to access their jobs,” said Chair Mark Dorosin in a release.

The Federal Transit Administration will now determine whether the light rail project in Durham and Orange counties can move into the engineering phase and if it is eligible for a federal grant through the FTA’s Capital Investment Program.


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  • Jeffrey Derry Apr 28, 4:29 p.m.
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    waste of time and money and people in Durham-Orange county get your wallets ready because here they come for more $$$

  • Matt Smithe Apr 28, 10:37 a.m.
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    It will be amazing if they manage to keep it to only twice the original cost.

  • Matthew Rose Apr 27, 9:21 p.m.
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    springfield monorail here we come

  • Norman Lewis Apr 27, 9:03 p.m.
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    Another tax payer paid light rail plan. Will likely cost at least double the planned amount, get half the ridership projected and produce innumerable "managers", "supervisors", "directors" to handle the rail line with huge salaries and support staffs all paid for by the taxpayers since ridership will never pay for such an expense. No thanks, you keep it out of Wake County. I'll sit back and watch the inevitable cost over runs and construction delays as well as the revenue reports that are always far lower than needed to pay the bills.