Environmental Review Workshops Announced

The Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA), which we refer to as the Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project, begins at a proposed station called Alston Avenue/NCCU, runs 17 miles and serves major activity centers, and generally follows the North Carolina Railroad Corridor, 15-501, I-40, and NC 54 to end at UNC Hospitals.

Important environmental review workshops on the proposed Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project (DO LRT Project) will be held in May. 

The announcement coincides with the publication of a Federal Register Notice of Intent which indicates that the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and Triangle Transit intend to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to study the proposed Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project.  

The EIS process will begin with public scoping meetings through which open coordination with public, Federal, State and local agencies, elected officials, project partners and citizens will identify and define the issues to be studied in detail in the Federally-required environmental process in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended. 

Two public workshops are planned:

           Wednesday, May 2, 2012                       Thursday, May 3, 2012
           4 P.M. to 7 P.M.                                          4 P.M. to 7 P.M.
           Extraordinary Ventures                         Durham Armory
           200 S. Elliott Rd.                                       212 Foster St.
           Chapel Hill, NC                                           Durham, NC
           Plan your trip!                                            Plan your trip!

Each of the public sessions will be in an Open House format.  Public transit access is available at both locations.  Route information is available by using the Trip Planner at gotriangle.org or by calling 919-485-RIDE (7433).

Citizens unable to attend the public meetings can submit comments online at: www.ourtransitfuture.com, by mail to: TRTP, Box 530, Morrisville, NC 27560 or by phone at 800-816-7817.   All comments are to be submitted no later than June 18, 2012.

The Federal Register Notice, which includes the Project’s Purpose and Need, Study Area, and EIS Alternatives, is at: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-04-03/pdf/2012-7897.pdf.  More information also is available at: www.ourtransitfuture.com. (Note: Some of the meeting information in the Federal Register notice is incorrect.  The dates and times above are correct.)

Environmental work follows the selection of light rail transit as the preferred technology in the proposed 17-mile corridor by the Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization in February 2012. The Triangle has been working for more than five years planning ways to better connect Durham, Chapel Hill and the region by transit.

The Triangle Regional Transit Program is a comprehensive study of fixed guideway transit opportunities to help complement new and expanded bus service. The Triangle Regional Transit Program is managed by Triangle Transit.

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