ENGAGEDurham is an engagement initiative to ensure all Durham voices are involved in City and County projects. It is a pilot to coordinate equitable engagement efforts on multiple City and County projects, informed by the City’s Equitable Community Engagement Blueprint. The primary focus of this coordinated effort are two major, multi-year projects: the new Durham Comprehensive Plan and the updated Durham County Transit Plan.
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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.
Durham County has four goals for the future of transit:
In order to make these goals possible, the plan will:
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
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
How are these plans being funded?
There are four dedicated revenue streams called Tax District Revenues used to fund the local share of projects and services. These four dedicated Tax District Revenue streams, collected in both Durham and Orange counties, are:
- Article 43: Half-Cent Sales and Use Tax
- Article 50: 5% Vehicle Rental Tax
- Article 51: $3 increase to GoTriangle Regional Vehicle Registration Fee
- Article 52: $7 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.
*Durham and Orange counties’ light rail project has been discontinued as of April 2019. The partners are working together to revise transit plans.