Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project

Durham County

The NCDOT is implementing a new rail project in Durham County called the “Durham-Orange Light Rail project.” This new rail transit project will stretch from UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill to North Carolina Central University (NCCU) in Durham.

This newly proposed rail line will service 18 stations and connect three major state universities. In addition to the light rail, improvements to the bus system will be made to link the stations together.

Below are a few facts about this new development rail project:

  • Planned Length: 17.7 miles
  • Planned Stations: 18
  • Estimated Travel Time: 42-44 minutes end to end
  • Estimated Cost: $2.4 Billion (in 2028 dollars)
  • Funding Source: Local ½ cent sales tax, vehicle registration fees, rental car tax in Durham and Orange counties, fares, state and federal funds
  • Bus Improvements: New and enhanced bus services will connect to light rail stations
  • Land acquisition anticipated to begin 2020

The Durham-Orange Light Rail is predicted to open in 2028 – a two-year postponement from the initial 2026 date.

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Protecting the Rights of Durham County Residents

If your land, home or business will be affected by the proposed Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit project, call Henson Fuerst for help.

Our North Carolina eminent domain lawyers will work closely with you to protect your rights to the maximum compensation for your land, and we will work to make sure you are protected throughout these tricky transactions.

As plans for the Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit project move forward, it is important to learn the ways your home or property may be affected. Contact Henson Fuerst today and find out how we can help—just dial (919) 781-1107 or complete our free initial consultation form.