GoTriangle’s Durham-Orange light rail project is planning to draw heavily from federal funding, but signs remain optimistic that the project will receive the money it needs even with uncertainty about federal transit policy.
Mike Charbonneau, GoTriangle spokesperson, said the project was approved last summer to advance to the engineering or final design phase, and significant environmental and planning work had already been done to map the line and the location of stations.
Half of the Durham-Orange light rail’s cost – totaling over a billion dollars — is expected to come from the federal government, and Charbonneau said he was very encouraged that the Federal Transit Administration had expressed continued interest in the project.
Rachel Schaevitz, Chapel Hill Town council member, said it's likely the amount of funding available for Capital Investments Grants from the Federal government will be known by March 23. After this point, GoTriangle will have a better idea of the likelihood that they receive the funding they anticipate.
Although nothing is official with funding, Charbonneau said GoTriangle remains optimistic about receiving federal funding with potential changes to federal infrastructure policy on the horizon.