The Durham-Orange light-rail transit project is nearing an April 30 deadline to seek Federal Transit Administration money. Here are some facts about the regional transportation project with links to more information.
An interlocal agreement between Orange County, GoTriangle and the regional metropolitan planning board lays out the improvements planned for local bus systems, Hillsborough’s Amtrak station and a light rail train.
The Durham-Orange light rail train would run only a short distance in southwestern Orange County before heading toward downtown Durham. Rural Orange County residents have questioned how transit plans benefit them.
GoTriangle planners studied the Durham-Orange light-rail route for 15 years before choosing to follow N.C. 54 in Orange County. The U.S. 15-501 corridor with Durham found too expensive for regional transit.
Records of a state investigation into supervision of Jean Carolyn McGirt found a lack of documented checks in that area the day of her death. The jail has responded by increasing the checks, and with plans to electronically document them in the unit as they do elsewhere in the facility.
New Durham County property value tax assessments show many houses with big market rate increases. The new appraisals will affect tax bills when the City Council and Board of County Commissioners finalize their budgets.