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Public weighs in on Orange County Transit Plan Tuesday

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Residents have the opportunity to opine on Orange County's Transit Plan tomorrow night during the Orange County Commissioners meeting in Hillsborough.

Commissioners will get public feedback during its first hearing on the transit plan that would expand bus service, bring a light rail line to the county connecting UNC-Chapel Hill with Durham at Alston Avenue, and build new transit facilities like park and ride lots and a train station.

This is the first of two hearings on the issue, the second one is scheduled for April 17 at the Southern Human Services Center in Chapel Hill. 

The plan outlines how the county would spend money from a half-cent sales tax that would be brought before voters in November. Commissioners will hold a separate hearing on May 1 for the public to weigh in on whether a sales tax should be on the ballot in November.

Durham passed a half-cent sales tax last November, and is waiting to see if Orange County passes one too before it is enacted.

The public hearing tomorrow is at 7p.m. at the Department of Social Services at Hillsborough Commons.

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Katelyn Ferral covers Orange County for The News & Observer and The Chapel Hill News.