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Future Light Rail Transit Line Will Improve Duke-Durham Connections

A new light rail line was proposed by Triangle Transit to better connect Durham and Orange counties. The track is estimated to be completed within the next 12 years and will feature stops at various campus hubs, with one stop located on Erwin Road serving Duke Hospital, one on LaSalle St close to Science Drive, and one on Ninth Street near East Campus. The train track will begin at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Medical Campus and end at North Carolina Central University.

The plan came about through a joint effort between the metropolitan training organization of Durham, Chapel Hill, and Carrboro, and Triangle Transit, an organization devoted to facilitating transportation within the region. The hope is that notifying the public this early may lead to increased growth in anticipation of the light rail.

Sam Veraldi, director of Duke Parking, Housekeeping and Transportation, said he has been in conversations with officials to determine the Duke University’s role in the light rail’s progression. He noted that the light rail has the potential to pave the way for increased student exploration of nearby Durham locations that many students have not been exposed to in the past.

RWA knows the impact that this future light rail transit line will have on Durham area. The ability to connect the city with its universities and provide another alternative mode of transit should lead to economic growth and development in the Durham area.

To learn more about how RWA can help your city bring light rail transit to your residents, contact us today. 

Charlotte Light Railimage credit: davidwilson1949 on flickr





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