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Durham’s unique mix of rich history, pioneering achievements and diverse culture has put the city on the map as one of the best places to live and do business in the United States. The Durham Transit Plan uses voter-approved investments to make sure the city and county of Durham continue to grow as a connected, strong and vibrant community.

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Durham County has four goals for the future of transit:

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    to jobs

  • 2


    to education

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    transit capacity

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    regional connections

In order to make these goals possible, the plan will:

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    Improve bus service and rider experience

    • Improve service throughout the city
    • Invest in a frequent service network along key transit corridors
    • Improve demand-response services in rural parts of the county
    • Develop new park-and-ride lots
    • Invest in new and improved bus stops
    • Install more benches, shelters and real-time vehicle information
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    Implement commuter rail transit

    CRT will use existing railroad tracks to provide comfortable passenger service that allows riders to relax or work on their way to key destinations. The line would run 37 miles from Garner to downtown Raleigh, N.C. State University, Cary, Morrisville and the Research Triangle Park continuing to Durham.  The plan calls for:

    • Providing up to eight trips in each direction during peak hours
    • Running one to two trips each way during midday and evening hours
    • Leveraging the bus network to connect riders with key destinations such as RDU Airport
  • Light Rail

    Implement light rail service

    The light-rail project is a 17.7-mile line that will provide over 26,000 trips per day to residents and commuters in Durham and Chapel Hill. The rail project will also:

    • Provide 50,000 hours annually of high-capacity, efficient and reliable rail service between Durham and Chapel Hill
    • Improve mobility in one of the region’s most traveled corridors
    • Accelerate economic growth
    • Encourage transit-oriented development


How are these plans being funded?

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There are four dedicated revenue streams used to fund the local share of projects and services, called Tax District Revenues. These four dedicated Tax District Revenue streams, collected in both Durham and Orange Counties, are as follows:

  • Article 43: Half-Cent Sales and Use Tax
  • Article 50: Five-Percent Vehicle Rental Tax
  • Article 51: Three-Dollar increase to GoTriangle Regional Vehicle Registration Fee
  • Article 52: Seven Dollar County Vehicle Registration Fee

Many of the projects and services will be funded through a combination of Tax District Revenue and other funds, including farebox revenues, state funds and federal funds, to equitably meet the transportation needs and goals of Durham and Orange Counties.