Commuter trains and light-rail trains eventually -- and lots more buses right away. That's the heart of newly detailed 25-year plans for building up public transportation across the Triangle. (See today's story with reader comments.)
You can learn more and express your opinion at public information sessions planned in Orange and Durham counties this week, and a public hearing in Durham tonight.
Wake County's plan is running a few months behind, but it will share the emphasis laid out in the new Orange and Durham transit finance plans: If voters approve a half-cent transit sales tax, they will see a quick increase in service with more frequent buses, new bus routes to outlying towns, more service to major job centers, longer bus hours on evenings and weekends, and nicer bus stop amenities.
Public hearing tonight
The Durham County Commissioners will hold a public hearing tonight on a proposed half-cent sales tax to help pay for bus and rail transit improvements. The meeting, at 200 E. Main St., starts at 7 p.m. The commissioners are expected to decide June 27 whether to schedule a November referendum on the transit tax.
Orange and Wake county commissioners have decided against scheduling a transit tax referendum this year.
Public meetings this week
Learn about plans for bus and rail transit in Orange and Durham counties, and how to pay for it, at three public information sessions this week.
- Tuesday, 4 to 7 p.m., Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill.
- Wednesday, 3 to 6 p.m., North Regional Library, 221 Milton Road, Durham.
- Thursday, 4 to 7 p.m., Orange County Library, 137 W. Margaret Lane, Hillsborough.