Speak Up For Transit This April!

Orange County today announced that two public hearings on the transit tax and overall transit plan will be held in April. The hearings are designed to elicit feedback from members of the public on how the County should approach transit in the coming years. They will be part of regularly-scheduled meetings of the County Board of Commissioners, and will have two general parts. 

First, a presentation will be given to detail various elements of the plan: the legislative issues involved in issuing the tax, the partnership with Durham County, the revenues, the expenditures, the timeline, etc. Second, members of the public will have the chance to speak on the plan by making comments, offering suggestions or posing questions. 

The first hearing will be held in Hillsborough on April 3 at the Social Services in Hillsborough Commons. The second hearing will be at the on April 17 in Chapel Hill at the Southern Human Services. Be sure to come out and urge the commissioners to support transit and put the tax on the ballot this Fall!



http://blogs.newsobserver.com/orangechat/orange-county-commissioners-seek-more-feedback-on-transit-planOk, so only six folks show up last night, and rather than assume satisfaction or lack of objection, do I correctly read this as another attempt to stall?From the N&O blog:"The county didn't get the word out about the hearing Tuesday and needs to do a better job of telling people what the transit plan would entail, said Chris Weaver, who is running for the Board of Commissioners this fall."There are 30 people in this room who are not working for the government," he said. "I really would have expected more epode to be here…I really don't think we got it out."Commissioners largely agreed, and voted to push back their decision making on the plan and hold two additional public outreach meetings in addition to their second public hearing on the plan."I listened to the video of last night's hearing, and the decision was to push back commissioners's decisionmaking from May to June 5, and add two more public outreach workshops in AprilI'm planning to come to the April 17 public hearing and perhaps speak.Read more here: http://blogs.newsobserver.com/orangechat/orange-county-commissioners-see...

Aside from the hearing scheduled for this upcoming Tuesday, the county will hold two additional hearings. The first of these two will be held at Extraordinary Ventures at 200 S. Elliot Road in Chapel Hill. The second will be held in the Orange County West Campus Office Building at 131 W. Margaret Lane in Hillsborough. Both will be held from 4 to 7 p.m.

The sessions on April 23 and 30 are not public hearings.  They are informational sessions. 

Public transit open house sessions will also be held on Monday, April 23, 2012 at Extraordinary Ventures located at 200 S. Elliot Rd., Chapel Hill from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. (please call Triangle Transit, 919-485-7433) for additional information) and on Monday, April 30, 2012 in the Orange County West Campus Office Building located at 131 W. Margaret Lane in Hillsborough from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. ( please call Orange County Planning Department, 919-245-2575 for additional information). 


David Hunt


Jeff, Thanks for this update.  Let me add further details. On April 17th, the second public hearing will be held at the Southern Orange Human Services Center at 2501 Homestead Rd in Chapel Hill as part of the regularly scheduled Board of Commissioners meeting.  In addition to this hearing, the Board of Commissioners has asked staff to hold two additional public workshops (which are NOT hearings) where the public can ask staff more in-depth questions.  Those will be held on April 23 and April 30th as follows:April 23 - Orange County Transit Plan Public Workshop4:00 to 7:00 P.M. Location: Extraordinary Ventures, 200 S. Elliot Rd., Chapel Hill. Parking is available onsite and the location is transit-accessible via the CL, D and F bus routes provided by Chapel Hill Transit, and Triangle Transit routes 400 and 405.April 30 - Orange County Transit Plan Public Workshop 4:00 to 7:00 P.M.  Location:  Orange County Campus West Office Building, 131 West Margaret Lane, Hillsborough, NC Parking is available onsite in the adjacent deck and the location is transit-accessible via the Hillsborough circulator operated by OPT and Triangle Transit Route 420 operated by Chapel Hill Transit.

Thanks for the additional info Patrick, don't know how I forgort the details.

In addition to the BOCC's public hearings and workshops on the Orange
County Transit Plan, The Triangle Regional Transit Program has been
moving forward with their work on DCHC MPO's Local Peferred Alternative
(LPA) for light rail alignment. They have scheduled a public workshop
for 4-7PM May 2nd at Extraordinary Ventures to begin environmental
review of the proposed alignment. The press release can be found here.I have put all of these meetings into OP's calendar.


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