Orange County Transit Referendum

In November 2012, Orange County voters approved a transit-dedicated half-cent sales tax investment to expand and better connect the public transit network in Orange County and throughout the Triangle region.

Transit improvements in Orange County will include:

  • Expanding bus service

  • Improving bus stops and shelters

  • Implementing bus rapid transit

Planning for our region’s growth

The Triangle is one of the fastest-growing regions in the nation. Our three-county area grows by more than 100 people every day and with new residents comes more congestion. The Orange County Transit Plan is part of a larger regional investment to expand access and opportunities and help connect more people to jobs, schools, health care and entertainment.

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Public transportation provides personal mobility and freedom for people from every walk of life.

Source: American Public Transportation Association

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Every $1 invested in public transportation generates approximately $4 in economic returns.

Source: American Public Transportation Association

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Every $1 billion invested in public transportation supports and creates more than 50,000 jobs.

Source: American Public Transportation Association

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Home values perform 42 percent better on average if homes are located near public transportation with high-frequency service.

Source: American Public Transportation Association

Durham and Orange counties’ light-rail project has been discontinued as of April 2019. All information about the project is now outdated but available as part of the historical record.