On Monday, February 6, Congressman David Price and Congressman G. K. Butterfield took a bus tour along the proposed route of the Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit (D-O LRT) project.
The tour ended with a news conference at North Carolina Central University (NCCU), a recent stop addition to D-O LRT, making it a 17.7-mile project with 18 stops.
Dr. Johnson O. Akinleye, Interim Chancellor at North Carolina Central University, introduced the congressmen at the event and said, “Having a [light rail] stop directly on campus will bridge our programs and students with the vibrant city of Durham and surrounding Triangle region, while enabling more people to experience our top-ranked academic programs and other cultural offerings.”
Congressman G. K. Butterfield stood at the podium first, highlighting the effect the light rail project would have on the local community. He said, “The Durham-Orange light rail transit project will support the Triangle’s rapid growth by providing a forward-looking transportation alternative that will make it easier to get to work, school, medical facilities, and local businesses.”
Congressman David Price agreed with Butterfield on the importance of alternative transportation in the Triangle’s future, as well as, the support it has among Orange and Durham Counties diverse community members. Congressman Price said, “Today’s tour from UNC to NC Central demonstrated the broad public support for the project. As I return to Washington, I will continue fighting for robust federal transit funding to bring the light rail to life.”
Congressmen Price and Butterfield have previously shown their endorsement of D-O LRT, recently sending a joint letter of support for the project to the FTA. With federal approval, GoTriangle plan to begin construction in 2020. The light rail could be open to passengers by 2028. You can watch Monday news conference in full here. Learn more about the light rail project at OurTransitFuture.com and on the news page.