Transit Plan Process

There will be multiple opportunities to get involved and have your voice heard throughout each step of the Transit Plan process

The Transit Plan and ENGAGEDurham

The Transit Plan is part of the ENGAGEDurham process. The Transit Plan is one of several opportunities to have your voice heard. The plan is informed by the City of Durham’s Equitable Community Engagement Blueprint. 

What is a Transit Plan? 

A Transit Plan determines how public transportation funds will be managed and spent. It also determines which proposed projects and improvements will be approved by the governing bodies. The Durham Transit Plan will decide how we want to invest in, expand, and prioritize public transportation over the next 20 years.

The Durham Transit Plan team consists of representatives from Durham County and City of Durham governments, the Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization (DCHC MPO), Triangle J Council of Governments, and GoTriangle.  

Reasons for the Update

In 2011, Durham County voters approved a half-cent sales tax to fund public transportation improvements in Durham and the Triangle region. With the discontinuation of the Durham-Orange Light Rail project in 2019, a plan update is required to use funds that would have been spent on the light rail project. 

This update will reexamine the contents of the 2017 Transit Plan to identify local transit service improvements, potential high-capacity investments (like bus rapid transit and/or commuter rail), and help prioritize funds for upcoming projects. 

The Transit Plan team is working with the Comprehensive Plan team, since elements of the Transit Plan will be incorporated into the final Comprehensive Plan. Transit and development will go hand in hand as we decide how we want to get around Durham. Public transportation will be critical to a sustainable future as Durham grows and changes over the next few decades. 

What goes into the plan?

Existing Conditions – Existing conditions considers the current transportation system as well as demographic and land use trends.  

Data Analysis – Analysis of existing transit routes helps to identify limitations of the current public transportation system.  

Public Input – Public input will be incorporated throughout the planning process.  

Goals and Objectives – Through public input, the planning team will create goals and objectives to help inform performance measures and preliminary plan recommendations.  

Transit Scenarios –  The Transit Plan team will use goals and objectives to create multiple transit scenarios, which are sets of potential transit projects and locations, which will go back out to the community for feedback.  

Through community engagement,  a preferred Transit Scenario showing specific transit investments will be recommended to the three plan partners:  

  • Durham County Board of Commissioners 
  • Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization (DCHC MPO) Board 
  • GoTriangle Board of Trustees