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This Week in Orange Politics: October 20-26

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Early voting starts week! Don’t forget out there and let you voice be heard.

While both school boards and the Hillsborough Town Board, the County Commissioners will consider operational changes at the Community Home Trust and endorsing staff recommendations for new bus service in the central and rural parts of the county. The Carrboro Alderfolks will schedule a public hearing on the Lloyd Farm Conditional Use Permit and the Chapel Hill Town Council will review a number of development proposals.

Transit Equity: A Platform for Growth and Economic Prosperity

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As counties in the Triangle move forward with plans to expand transit options and enhance mobility, please join us for a discussion about the importance of incorporating equity components into transit planning. By prioritizing and committing to equitable development, lawmakers can ensure that the benefits of transit investments are broadly shared so low- and moderate-income residents will not be left behind as new opportunities enter the Triangle.  Transit investments can be a powerful force for social and economic equity if lawmakers choose to protect residents from displacement and enhance connectivity by coordinating transit, housing, and jobs policies. The result: strong, affordable, and accessible communities. 

Date: 

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 8:00am to 9:30am

Location: 

Junior League of Raleigh, 711 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh

Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership Transit Update Meeting

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Triangle Transit and Chapel Hill Transit are pleased to join forces to provide the Downtown Chapel Hill Community with updates on the Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project as well as Chapel Hill Transit services and projects. Find out how additional transit options will benefit and impact business and residents of Chapel Hill, proposed alignments, and timetable for construction and operation.

WHO:

Presenters:

  • Brian Litchfield, Director of Chapel Hill Transit
  • Patrick McDonough, Manager of Planning and Transit Oriented Development
  • Natalie Murdock, Public Involvement Manager, of Triangle Transit

WHAT:

Prepared presentation and Questions and Answers over light appetizers

WHEN:

Thursday, June 19, 2014, 6:00-7:15 PM

WHERE:

LAUNCH Chapel Hill, 321 W Rosemary St

COST:

Free, Please RSVP Here

By 2035, the Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro area is expected to add nearly 200,000 residents and approximately 120,000 jobs. In 2011, Durham County residents demonstrated their support for transit initiatives by approving the transit sales tax. In 2012, Orange County residents concurred, approving a transit tax of their own. Light rail transit between the Durham-Orange Corridor’s three main activity centers—UNC (Hospitals and University), Duke (Medical Center and University), and downtown Durham—has been proposed as a means to support the growth. Triangle Transit is pleased to report that planning for the proposed Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit (D-O LRT) Project has reached the project development phase, and Triangle Transit is studying the social, environmental, and human impacts of the proposed project. And Chapel Hill Transit’s North-South Corridor, along with other service changes, will help address growth and congestion. You may learn more about these projects at www.ourtransitfuture.com and www.NSCStudy.org.

Date: 

Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 6:00pm

Location: 

LAUNCH Chapel Hill, 321 W Rosemary St

Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project Gets Federal Go Ahead

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The news much awaited by transit supporters in Orange and Durham Counties finally came yesterday when the Federal Transit Authority (FTA) announced approval of Triangle Transit's request to enter Project Dvelopment phase on the 17-mile Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project. More details can be found in this press release:

DURHAM-ORANGE LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT PROJECT
GETS FEDERAL GO AHEAD FOR PROJECT DEVELOPMENT
 
Research Triangle Park, NC (2-25-14) – The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced today that Triangle Transit’s request to enter Project Development on the 17-mile Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project has been approved. 
 
“We are pleased with FTA’s decision,” said Fred Day IV, Chair of the Triangle Transit Board of Trustees.  “This represents an important milestone in the course of this project.”
 
Triangle Transit General Manager David King said, “We can now proceed to complete the environmental process, advance our engineering and make final alignment decisions.  We will also use this time to strengthen our financial plan and work with our municipal and university partners on land use and housing issues around stations.  We appreciate FTA’s vote of confidence in our work on this project.”
 
Triangle Transit asked the FTA for entry into the New Starts program in December 2013.  A Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) and Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 will be completed by January 2016.
 
The light rail line would run from Chapel Hill to East Durham with proposed stops as UNC Hospitals and UNC, Mason Farm Road, Friday Center, Hillmont, Leigh Village, Patterson Place, South Square, Duke University, Duke University Medical Center, the VA Medical Center, downtown Durham and Alston Avenue/NC Central University.
 
The Project Development phase is scheduled to take two years. Project Development is followed by a three year phase called engineering.   Construction would follow the engineering phase and would likely take four to five years before light rail service could begin.  More information is available at ourtransitfuture.com.
 
The project cost is estimated at $1.34 billion dollars (in 2012 dollars).  Voters in Durham and Orange counties have approved a one-half cent sales tax to fund the local share of the rail project along with new and expanded bus service. 

Carrboro Transit Mode Share Now 16.7%(!)

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The U.S. Census Bureau released updated American Community Survey Data a few days ago, and there's some very noteworthy news out of Carrboro in the latest figures: Carrboro's transit commute mode share is now at 16.7%, the highest in all of North Carolina. Chapel Hill's transit mode share is 10.6%, as Carrboro Alderman Damon Seils helpfully pointed out on Twitter yesterday (see the Storify below).

(For any curious readers, you can access this data for all American cities, along with a host of other fascinating data from the American Community Survey, at the American FactFinder website. The data for commute mode share are in table B08301.)

DCHC-MPO Transportation Advisory Committee, September 2013

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The Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) is the policy body within the DCHC-MPO which coordinates and makes decisions on transportation planning issues.


The Transportation Advisory Committee is comprised of elected and appointed officials from the City of Durham, the Town of Chapel Hill, the Town of Carrboro, the Town of Hillsborough, Durham County, Orange County, Chatham County, and the North Carolina Department of Transportation.  The TAC also has advisory (non-voting) members from Triangle Transit, the Federal Highway Administration, and the Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina.

The Transportation Advisory Committee is governed by a set of Bylaws (25 KB), revised November 9, 2005.

The TAC normally meets the second Wednesday of each month in the Durham City Council Committee Room at 9 a.m.  There is typically no meeting in July.  Some meetings may take place in the evening to facilitate participation in public hearings.  Check the calendar for upcoming meeting dates.

 

Date: 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: 

Committee Room, 2nd Floor, Durham City Hall, Durham NC

Provide Input on the Orange County Bus Plan

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Over the next two weeks, Orange County will be holding public outreach sessions to get feedback from central and rural Orange County residents about the Orange County Bus and Rail Investment Plan. Residents are invited to discuss options for new, expanded and existing bus services under the plan. Bus routes to be brought for public input will include rural service routes, regional service routes, and the Hillsborough Circulator.

Central & Rural Orange County Future Bus Service Public Forum

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Orange County is holding public meetings to discuss options for new, expanded and existing bus services outlined in the Orange County Bus and Rail Investment Plan. Bus routes to be brought for public input will include rural service routes, regional service routes, and the Hillsborough Circulator. The purpose of the outreach is to obtain information regarding community bus service needs and assist in the design of future services.

As the meetings will be conducted primarily in an “open house” format, feel free to come when you can. A presentation may be given a couple of times during the course of the evening to best accommodate attendees.

Date: 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: 

Mebane Arts & Community Center, 633 Corregidor Street, Mebane

Central & Rural Orange County Future Bus Service Public Forum

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Orange County is holding public meetings to discuss options for new, expanded and existing bus services outlined in the Orange County Bus and Rail Investment Plan. Bus routes to be brought for public input will include rural service routes, regional service routes, and the Hillsborough Circulator. The purpose of the outreach is to obtain information regarding community bus service needs and assist in the design of future services.

As the meetings will be conducted primarily in an “open house” format, feel free to come when you can. A presentation may be given a couple of times during the course of the evening to best accommodate attendees.

Date: 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: 

Efland-Cheeks Community Center, 117 Richmond Road, Efland

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