Triangle Transit recently held its Alternatives Analysis Public Workshop for the local area (the workshop was held at Chapel Hill Town Hall, where I saw lots of Carrboro folks).  This workshop and upcoming meetings are federally mandated opportunities for the community to weigh in on how Triangle Transit’s Long Range Transportation Plan should be implemented.  Triangle Transit’s plan is based on the long-range (2035) transportation plan recently adopted by the Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization (DCHC-MPO), of which I am a member and currently the vice-chair.  Our MPO covers Durham County, most of Orange County and a small part of Chatham County.   Our plan was adopted in conjunction with the Capital Area MPO (which includes Wake, Granville, Franklin, Johnston and Harnett counties) plan.   You can find the DCHC-MPO adopted plan here:

http://www.dchcmpo.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=66&Itemid=35

An article ran recently in The Daily Tar Heel stating that members of “Connect Carrboro” were advocating for light rail and transit to connect to Carrboro.  Currently, the adopted plan includes enhanced transit service to Carrboro, but the proposed light rail line ends at UNC Hospitals (it comes from Durham and other points east in the Capital Area MPO).  The BOA has given feedback to the DCHC MPO urging the group to consider extending the light rail line to Carrboro, or to consider using an existing rail line for commuter rail at some point in the future.  The plan is updated every few years, so the way that residential and commercial development and transit unfold as well as how the plan will be financed will inform this process.  The building of Carolina North, partnerships with private railroad lines, whether the citizens of our counties (or counties) approve a transit sales tax – these are all critical pieces of the evolution of the plan from this point forward.

For now, however, based on projected population, job growth and travel patterns in the triangle, the plan does not include the (very expensive yet desirable) rail line extending from Chapel Hill into Carrboro.

 You can read The Daily Tar Heel article here: http://www.dailytarheel.com/index.php/article/2010/07/carrboroites_want_in_on_future_transit

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