The Triangle area continues to experience explosive growth — growth that requires increased mobility demands. Improvements must be made to the local transportation systems to maintain the area’s quality of life and continue to attract new industry, jobs and residents.
The vision for transit connectivity in the Triangle is strong and clear. Based upon a solid planning foundation, the current Triangle Regional Transit Program (TRTP) is moving forward with a solid array of vital partners. The vision incorporates enhanced bus services and new commuter rail corridors that will effectively and efficiently serve the growing Triangle community. Using the website www.OurTransitFuture.com to keep the community up to date, the first round of public meetings were held in June and July, and the process of public input is now heading into the second phase.
The TRTP is the study of regional rail transit investment opportunities within the area’s rail corridors. The corridor study area spans Orange, Durham and Wake counties and will provide comprehensive analysis of rail line corridors and bus operations within the overall system corridors. The study views the area as three corridors: Wake County, Durham/Orange County, and Durham/Wake County. The Wake County Corridor begins in the vicinity of the Triangle Metro Center in Research Triangle Park (RTP) and follows the existing North Carolina Railroad (NCRR) corridor to Downtown Raleigh where it turns northward, continuing on the CSX corridor to near Triangle Town Center. The Wake County Corridor could also include future extensions from Triangle Town Center to Wake Forest and from Downtown Cary to Apex.
The Durham/Orange County Corridor begins in Chapel Hill in the vicinity of the University of North Carolina Campus and roughly follows the US 15/501 corridor north to the City of Durham, where it turns eastward to follow the existing NCRR corridor to approximately the Triangle Metro Center in RTP.
The Durham/Wake County Corridor would involve a study of transit corridor options that follow the existing NCRR corridor from Durham through RTP and Downtown Raleigh toward the Wake-Johnston County line.
The TRTP is moving forward with dedicated, passionate partners, including transportation and government organizations. However, our vision cannot come to fruition without your vital input. You, the public, are our client, our customer. And for our plans to be meaningful, we need to hear your thoughts and insight about the Triangle’s transit future.
So what do you think? Please join us for one of the upcoming public meetings so your voice can be heard. With meetings being held throughout the Triangle, there is sure to be one convenient to you. We look forward to seeing you there!
• Tuesday, September 14, 4:00pm-7:00pm | Public Workshop at Chavis Community Center, 505 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Raleigh (map)
• Wednesday, September 15, 4:00pm-7:00pm | Public Workshop at Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 South Brooks St, Wake Forest (map)
• Thursday, September 16, 4:00pm-7:00pm | Public Workshop at Carrboro Century Center, 100 North Greensboro St., Carrboro (map)
• Tuesday, September 21, 4:00pm-7:00pm | Public Workshop at Durham Station Transportation Center, 515 West Pettigrew St., Durham (map)
• Wednesday, September 22, 4:00pm-7:00pm | Public Workshop at Morrisville Town Hall, 100 Town Hall Dr, Morrisville (map)
• Thursday, September 23, 4:00pm-7:00pm | Public Workshop at Garner Historic Auditorium, 742 West Garner Road, Garner (map)