Development of 17 miles of clean, affordable transportation between Chapel Hill and East Durham is underway, and the need for your input continues.
An electric-powered light rail line is in the early developmental stage. The estimated operating date is between 2025 and 2026.
The 17-mile route, which is planned to include 17 stations, will connect UNC Hospitals to Alston Avenue.
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The project cost is estimated at $1.34 billion dollars (in 2012 dollars) or $1.8 billion (with inflation). Voters in Durham and Orange counties approved a one-half cent sales tax to fund the local share of the light rail project along with new and expanded bus service. Additional funds are expected from state and federal sources.
Early in 2014, the Federal Transit Administration gave Triangle Transit the go-ahead to enter Project Development. The proposed Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project is one of only two light rail projects nationwide which were allowed to proceed by the US Department of Transportation in 2014.