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Old February 23rd, 2006, 04:52 AM   #1
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Raleigh Durham's New Rapid Transit Rail Line

Every US city seems to be getting in on the act. Now its Raleigh Durham's turn. I don't have any graphics or maps, but R-D plans to build a 12 stop line that connects Raleigh and Durham. Supposedly, the RDU airport may be one of the stop. Duke University might be one as well. Construction is expected to begin in 2008. It's about time this type of plan was introduced to the R-D area. R-D has the most confusing beltway system ever and seems at times to be almost all suburbia. There are urban portions, but most of the area is developing as suburban sprawl. R-D needs to densify, and stop expanding outward!

Anybody have a map or here anything about this plan?
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Old February 25th, 2006, 11:24 AM   #2
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Great news, with Charlotte getting the CATS line, and R-D joining them, it looks like NC's getting into the transit game!
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Old February 25th, 2006, 04:12 PM   #3
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The proposal is for a 28-mile line with 12 stations. The vehicles will be diesel multiple units. It will be more like a commuter rail line rather than an in-town transit line. For more information, see the following link:

http://www.ridetta.org/Regional_Rail...tOverview.html



The map shows 16 stations; however, the website states that only twelve would be built. I haven't been able to determine which stations would be skipped.
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Old March 4th, 2006, 07:15 AM   #4
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Thanks for sharing the info on the Triangle's transit plans. New Jersey opened a DMU line several years ago, & North San Diego I think has started one. It's not quite light rail, in terms of capacity or impact. But it's a big step forward for region that has relatively low density.
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Old November 9th, 2011, 09:40 AM   #5
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RALEIGH - DURHAM | Public Transport

In North Carolina’s Triangle, the Passage of a Sales Tax Increase in Durham is Just the First Step


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A 30-year plan to bring increased bus service and three new rail lines to the Research Triangle gets off to a promising start with an election in Durham.

In 2000, North Carolina’s two largest metropolitan regions each planned big transit improvements, and each had received preliminary approval to do so from the Federal Transit Administration.The Triangle’s leaders wanted to build a diesel multiple unit-powered regional rail line connecting Durham and Raleigh while Charlotte’s elected officials planned an electric light rail line linking downtown with its southern suburbs.

Ten years later, Charlotte’s Blue Line has been up and running for almost four years, attracting higher than expected ridership. The Triangle’s efforts were flummoxed in November 2005 by an FTA ruling that the regional rail project was not cost effective, and the project was cancelled.

Yet the passage yesterday of a half-cent sales tax increase dedicated to transit in Durham County offers strong evidence that the region’s electorate is ready to invest in new public transportation options — the referendum passed with a large 60% majority in approval. Durham’s endorsement of the transit improvement program, like similar efforts in cities from Los Angeles to Denver, provides clear evidence that voters are willing and even excited to pay higher taxes in exchange for tangible improvements in transportation.* If in the U.S. Congress future funding for mobility remains tenuous at best, local level support for such policies is clear.

For the Triangle, this is the first step towards the completion of what will not only be a vast upgrade over current transit offerings in the region but also a significant improvement on the 2000 regional rail plan...



Just as problematic is the choice of light rail for the Durham-to-Chapel Hill corridor. The alternatives analysis completed for the line suggests that a true bus rapid transit alternative with an independent guideway would actually attract more total riders at a far lower cost, with only slightly slower travel times. How is this possible, when studies have shown that more commuters will ride rail than bus when similar services are offered? Because the analysis included the possibility of interlining local bus routes onto the fixed-guideway for parts of their route (see map above from the study). This would effectively make travel faster and more reliable even for people whose origins and destinations are not directly along the fixed guideway line.

But local officials have recommended light rail, primarily because of its perceived transit-oriented development potential. This may be a short-sighted decision, since it denies the conclusion that overall transit ridership would be higher with an interlined system. But it also reflects the fact that the route includes several stations in greenfields (at Leigh Village and Gateway) that are poised for significant growth if developers heed the call. Would they do so with a BRT system?

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Read more: http://www.thetransportpolitic.com/2...he-first-step/

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Old November 9th, 2011, 03:05 PM   #6
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Good for Raleigh! I hope that you guys actually get your rail system built. We here in Tampa are mired in a defeatist attitude, stagnant economy, and living in a transit wasteland.

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Old November 10th, 2011, 05:13 AM   #7
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Any stops near RBC Center?
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Old November 10th, 2011, 05:21 AM   #8
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Good for Raleigh, but 14 years is a long time to build it.
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Old November 10th, 2011, 07:06 AM   #9
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Only for Durham County, not for Raleigh. Wake County (Raleigh) has a referendum of its own in 2012.
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Old November 12th, 2011, 09:09 PM   #10
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Any stops near RBC Center?
Nearest ones I can see are Fairgrounds and Jones-Franklin Road. They'd probably use event shuttles from those stops to RBC and Carter-Finley.
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Old November 13th, 2011, 06:06 AM   #11
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oh, how handy. I was just looking for a picture of "pie in the sky."
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Old February 26th, 2014, 08:59 PM   #12
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From Railway Gazette:

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Durham-Orange light rail approved
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USA: The Federal Transit Administration approved project development for the Durham-Orange Light Rail line in North Carolina on February 25.

‘We can now proceed to complete the environmental process, advance our engineering and make final alignment decisions’, said David King, General Manager of transport authority Triangle Transit.

Environmental impact statements are due to be completed by January 2016. The project development phase is scheduled to take two years, followed by three years of engineering design. Construction is expected to take four to five years.

The 27·5 km line would run from Alston Avenue in eastern Durham to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill with 16 intermediate stops, including one at Duke University. It is estimated to cost $1·34bn at 2012 prices. Part of the cost will be met through a 0·5% sales tax approved by voters in Durham and Orange counties.
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Old February 27th, 2014, 02:29 AM   #13
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Raleigh better get on board...
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Old March 6th, 2014, 09:22 PM   #15
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On the 5th March, FTA announced list of 32 favorable transit projects for funding for 2015. Region's favored matched in red:

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From Progressive Railroading:

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Rail projects rise on the urgency meter for North Carolina's Triangle Transit
October 14, 2014

Triangle Transit is advancing plans to build a light-rail line that will connect Chapel Hill and East Durham, N.C. The 17-mile Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project would include stops at the University of North Carolina, its hospitals, residential and business districts, Duke University and Duke Medical Center, downtown Durham and North Carolina Central University.

The light-rail project is one component of a regional transportation plan Triangle Transit has developed to address the growing population in Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Cary and Durham. The region has grown dramatically in recent years and currently is home to about 1.4 million people. That number is expected to double in 25 years, says TTA General Manager David King.

“There is something about knowing that literally hundreds of thousands of people are coming to your region that tends to focus the mind,” he says

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Two questions for this thread:
1 Any update on the status of the Raleigh-Cary LRT?

2 I looked at the planned map of the Triangle commuter rail as of post #1 and what I'm asking myself is why they are planning the stop between Cary Amtrak and the RTP at the McCrimmons Pkwy intersection?
Wouldn't it make more sense to stop more centrally in Morrisville, like where Chapel Hill Rd meets the Aviation Pkwy (by the Fire Dept; here are the coordinates if my description was too vague: 35.823321, -78.825438 ).
That seems more effective to me as it is inside a residential area, furthermore it would be easily possible to set up a shuttle bus to RDU since the station would be just off Aviation Pkwy.

Below I made a map showing the planned Light Rail line geographically acurate and I have to say that if it is approved and financially covered, I have the impression that construction might not even take that long as the track is 100% percent already existing, grade-separated from roads rail line. Let's hope the best!

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Old April 24th, 2015, 07:11 PM   #18
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Another interesting thing I found: Very well elaborated visualization of the Durham-Chapel Hill LRT
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYqTVOzxyw8
source is the official website of all transit projects in the Triangle:

http://ourtransitfuture.com/
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FTA announces TOD grants
16 Sep 2015



USA: The Federal Transit Administration announced grants totalling $19·5m from its Transit-Oriented Development Planning Pilot Program on September 14. The funding will go towards detailed planning in 17 metropolitan areas.

‘Transit-oriented development is critical to the success of new projects and to the economy of the local communities they serve’, said FTA Acting Administrator Therese McMillan.

Six of the 21 projects concern BRT corridors. The remaining 15 cover a mixture of urban rail modes

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GoTriangle in North Carolina is to receive $1·7m for TOD along the Durham-Orange Light Rail corridor between Durham and Chapel Hill

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Durham-Orange light rail plan may add stop at NCCU

Regional transportation officials are exploring extending the proposed Durham-Orange Light Rail Project three-fifths of a mile to add an 18th stop near N.C. Central University’s campus[...]


Source: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/loc...102813947.html
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