The Federal Transit Administration has officially approved adding a station at North Carolina Central University as part of the Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project. The FTA’s action, known as the Amended Record of Decision, follows a Supplemental Environmental Assessment and 30-day public comment period on the proposed extension.
“This is great news for our community. We sincerely appreciate the Federal Transit Administration’s support of this important addition to our critical infrastructure project in Durham and Orange counties,” said Durham Mayor William V. (Bill) Bell. “This extension will provide even more opportunities and direct access to jobs and education.”
In response to feedback received from public comment during the initial environmental document process, GoTriangle announced in September it would work with the FTA to evaluate the possibility of connecting the light-rail line to NCCU, which enrolls eight thousand students. With the FTA’s recent approval, the D-O LRT line will now be 17.7 miles long and will support approximately 26,880 passenger trips per day by 2040, spanning from the UNC Hospitals Station in Chapel Hill to the NCCU Station in Durham, connecting three major universities.