Transportation

“Everywhere I go, I see incredible examples of communities that have a vision for transportation and how it will impact the quality of life, mobility, economics and opportunity” – Anthony Foxx, Former US Secretary of Transportation

WHERE I STAND:

Connectivity, mobility and access to public transportation and building livable communities is the key. We must take the experience of our phenomenal growth and embrace the role of transit and the many assets it affords all Durham and triangle residents. Livable communities, pedestrian friendly walk ways–, dedicated lanes and bikes on buses. Transit Oriented development open pathways to future affordable housing and mixed used development to meet housing needs without displacement. I support the benefits that transportation projects will bring to communities along the transit line that have been neglected. Bridging barriers to jobs, educational facilities and increasing employment and entrepreneurial opportunities open up new doors, as development around the stations and throughout the corridor will include plans for affordable housing and mixed-use developments. This investment will not only propel stability in our neighborhood infrastructure it will be an investment in the citizens that have called these communities their home. The Impact of the sales tax investment and the projected benefit of the 17.7 mile – 18-station light rail project are significant to the growth of Durham and the region. With an expected completion date of 2028, we must advance policies to strengthen the success of the project, including the support of local governing bodies, state legislature, civic and business and citizens of Durham.

The FACTS:

  • 10% of Orange County residents commute to work in Durham County or more than 14,300 people.
  • 9.5 % of Durham residents commute to Orange County for work or 17,606 people.
  • $7.6 million in bus stop improvements, including providing shelters, benches, trashcans and accessibility improvements at 200 stops.
  • $1.5 million in improvements to transit emphasis corridors, including Holloway Street in East Durham along Route 3 and Fayetteville Street along Route 5.
  • $948,000 in improvements to park-and-ride lots.
  • $928,000 in improvements to transit centers.
  • $2.5 billion Engineering and construction costs.
  • 50,000 Annual hours of additional transit service in Durham and Orange counties once the service starts.