Triangle Transit, which is heading the project, held four meetings between Nov. 18 and Nov. 20 in Durham and Chapel Hill to allow public comment on the proposed route, which will be completed by 2025 and funded by sales taxes and money from state and federal agencies.
Felix Nwoko, transportation engineer at the Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization, is hopeful the light rail will alleviate congestion.
“The commuters will definitely see a change when it comes to traffic when they are trying to get to work,” Nwoko said.
“We also hope that it will be a welcome alternative for residents who do not have cars.”
Nwoko said he hopes that the light rail will be able to balance transportation so people do not always have to rely on their cars and the freeway to get them to their jobs and then home again.
Freshman Erin Harris is from Durham and goes home most weekends — she said she often faces significant traffic when commuting between the University and her hometown.
“I could get home in 15 minutes or an hour and a half, it all depends on how congested the roads are,” Harris said.