Light Rail http://wunc.org en Durham-Chapel Hill Light Rail Project: Where Those Rails Might Go http://wunc.org/post/durham-chapel-hill-light-rail-project-where-those-rails-might-go <p></p><p>The Federal Transit Authority (FTA) has given the green-light to begin the first steps of a 17-mile light rail project connecting Durham and Orange Counties.</p><p></p><p>The decision authorizes Triangle Transit to begin development on the project, by studying the potential environmental impact of two proposed rail routes.</p><p>Triangle Transit has put together this <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqijCS_B2U8&amp;feature=youtu.be">video "fly-through" of the proposed light rail route:</a></p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 13:55:51 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 31252 at http://wunc.org Durham-Chapel Hill Light Rail Project: Where Those Rails Might Go Light Rail Advisory Committee Holds First Meeting On Orange-Durham Corridor (Video) http://wunc.org/post/light-rail-advisory-committee-holds-first-meeting-orange-durham-corridor-video <p></p><p>An advisory committee is set to meet for the first time to make recommendations for the next steps in building a light rail line in Orange and Durham counties.&nbsp;</p><p>The group of government representatives, university officials, and business leaders convenes Friday morning in Chapel Hill.&nbsp; Triangle Transit Authority plans to build a 17-mile line from UNC Hospitals to downtown Durham.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 13:17:49 +0000 Will Michaels 26224 at http://wunc.org Light Rail Advisory Committee Holds First Meeting On Orange-Durham Corridor (Video) Rail Transit Shot Down By Panel Of Experts http://wunc.org/post/rail-transit-shot-down-panel-experts <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 12pt">Wake County commissioners invited a panel of experts to weigh-in on possible plans to develop rail transit in the county. </span></p><p><span style="font-size: 12pt">The three experts urged the county to focus on other mass transit solutions like expanding the bus system. Host Frank Stasio talks with <a href="https://twitter.com/Road_Worrier">Bruce Siceloff</a>, a reporter for the News &amp; Observer about the future of mass transit in Wake County. </span></p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 16:41:57 +0000 Alex Granados & Frank Stasio 25740 at http://wunc.org Rail Transit Shot Down By Panel Of Experts Wake Transit Plan Gets First Public Look http://wunc.org/post/wake-transit-plan-gets-first-public-look <p></p><p>Commissioners in Wake County are holding their first public discussion about a plan for expanded bus and light rail services.</p><p>The board meets Tuesday morning with three transit experts from outside the state.&nbsp; It's the county's first public meeting about the plan, which Triangle Transit Authority presented in 2011.&nbsp; Commissioners have declined to bring it up for discussion since then.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 13:10:53 +0000 Will Michaels 25659 at http://wunc.org Wake Transit Plan Gets First Public Look Planning For Affordable Housing Near Durham-Orange Rail Line http://wunc.org/post/planning-affordable-housing-near-durham-orange-rail-line <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Advocates of the</span><a href="http://www.ourtransitfuture.org/index.php/projects/durham-orange/" style="line-height: 1.5;"> proposed light rail line</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> from Chapel Hill to Durham say local governments should plan early to set aside money for affordable housing near train stations.&nbsp; Researchers with </span><a href="http://www.triangletransit.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Triangle Transit Authority</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> met with Durham residents earlier this month.&nbsp;</span></p><p>TTA research associate Geoff Green says the agency examined how property values changed when other metropolitan areas decided to build light rail.</p><p> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 21:06:59 +0000 Will Michaels 12613 at http://wunc.org Planning For Affordable Housing Near Durham-Orange Rail Line Orange, Durham To Start Collecting Transit Tax http://wunc.org/post/orange-durham-start-collecting-transit-tax <p>Orange County Commissioners have given final approval to levy a half-cent sales tax for transit projects starting this Spring. Commissioners decided this week to collect the tax beginning on April 1. Voters in Orange County approved the tax on a ballot referendum in November. Durham residents did the same last year and will start paying the tax at the same time. Revenue goes toward a $1.4 billion plan from Triangle Transit Authority to expand bus services and build a light rail line from UNC Hospitals to downtown Durham. Thu, 13 Dec 2012 15:30:00 +0000 Will Michaels 6221 at http://wunc.org Council Endorses Light Rail Plan for Raleigh http://wunc.org/post/council-endorses-light-rail-plan-raleigh <p></p><p>The Raleigh City Council has approved a proposal for a downtown light rail line.<br><br>City council members voted last night to support a route that goes through the west side of downtown along Harrington Avenue. It's a segment of the light rail proposal from Triangle Transit Authority that would eventually run from Chapel Hill to Garner. The council's plan breaks from a recommendation by the city's Passenger Rail Task Force. That route would have brought tracks into the heart of downtown on both sides of the Capitol building. Tue, 02 Aug 2011 17:42:00 +0000 Will Michaels 8277 at http://wunc.org Council Endorses Light Rail Plan for Raleigh Raleigh Revisits Downtown Light Rail Plan http://wunc.org/post/raleigh-revisits-downtown-light-rail-plan <p>City Council members in Raleigh are holding a public hearing today to get feedback about a light rail line proposal.<br><br>The recommendation from Raleigh's Passenger Rail Task Force takes light rail tracks down Morgan Street to the Capitol building. There, they split in two and run north along Wilmington Street and south on Salisbury Street. It's part of Triangle Transit Authority's plan to build commuter train and light rail tracks from Chapel Hill to Garner by 2025.<br> Mon, 01 Aug 2011 09:15:00 +0000 Will Michaels 8283 at http://wunc.org Raleigh's Downtown Light Rail Plan http://wunc.org/post/raleighs-downtown-light-rail-plan <p></p><p>A Raleigh task force has recommended a $300 million light rail route for the downtown area. It's part of a proposal from Triangle Transit Authority to complete commuter train and light rail systems from Orange to Wake Counties by 2025. Eric Lamb is Raleigh's transportation planning director. He says the proposed route leaves the existing tracks at Morgan Street and splits into two tracks that wrap around the Capitol Building at Wilmington and Salisbury Streets. Thu, 07 Jul 2011 17:21:00 +0000 Will Michaels 8489 at http://wunc.org Raleigh's Downtown Light Rail Plan