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Item Overview Business Meeting – 03/07/2016 Agenda # 10 Subject: Update: GoTriangle Regional Transit. Staff: Mary Jane Nirdlinger, Executive Director Brian Litchfield, Director David Bonk, Long Range and Transportation Planner

Department: Planning and Sustainability Transit Planning and Sustainability

Overview: Jeff Mann, Executive Director of GoTriangle, will provide the Town Council with a presentation on various regional transit projects, including implementation of the DurhamOrange light rail corridor and expansion of regional and local transit services. Recommendation That the Council receive the presentation from GoTriangle Key Issues  Next steps in the implementation of the Durham-Orange light rail corridor.  Use of the Orange County ½ cent sales tax and vehicle registration fee for expanded local and regional bus service. Fiscal Impact/Resources: Implementation of the Durham-Orange light rail corridor and expansion of regional and local transit service is supported by ½ cent sales tax and vehicle registration fee within Orange County. Council Goals: ☐

Create a Place for Everyone

Develop Good Places, New Spaces

Support Community Prosperity

Nurture Our Community

Facilitate Getting Around

Grow Town and Gown Collaboration

Attachments:  GoTriangle Materials


Agenda Packet Items for March 7, 2016 Chapel Hill Town Council Presentation by GoTriangle Included Background Materials • • • • • •

Feb 15, 2016 Press Release announcing completion of the Final Environmental Impact Statement/ Record of Decision (FEIS/ROD) from Federal Transit Administration 2013 & 2014 Annual Reports for Orange County Bus and Rail Investment Plan Local funding letters for Chapel Hill Transit from GoTriangle General Manager, 2013-2015 Economic Impact Study (Executive Summary) for Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit (D-O LRT) project conducted by Development Planning and Financing Group, Inc. Maps of all bus service improvements in Orange County completed since passage of the transit vote in 2012 Analysis of “Dual-Use” proposal for D-O LRT made by Regional Transportation Alliance and Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce


D-O LRT Project Reaches an Important Milestone On Thursday, February 11, 2016, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) signed the combined Final Environmental Impact Statement/Record of Decision (FEIS/ROD) for the proposed Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit (D-O LRT) Project. This marks a very important milestone in the life of the project, as it concludes the environmental review phase under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The primary purpose of the combined FEIS/ROD is to respond to substantive comments received during the public comment period. Responses are in the form of factual corrections, clarifications, and references to sections of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) or DEIS errata where issues raised are addressed. The ROD states the decision of the FTA, identifies the alternatives considered in reaching the decision, and states the means to avoid, minimize, or mitigate impacts. Mitigation plans, including any enforcement and monitoring commitments, are included in the ROD. The combined FEIS/ROD, including the appendices, is now available for public review on the D-O LRT Project website: and on the GoTriangle website: It will be published in the Federal Register later this month. The proposed D-O LRT Project consists of a 17-mile light rail project (with 17 stations and a Rail Operations Maintenance Facility or ROMF) extending from southwest Chapel Hill to eastern Durham that would serve several educational, medical, and other key activity centers. Quick Guide What is a combined FEIS/ROD? FEIS stands for Final Environmental Imp