Orange County board endorses light rail plan
HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (WNCN) — The Orange County Board of Commissioners has approved a plan to build light rail in Orange and Durham counties.
“I think it’s a great idea to cut down on people, obviously, driving,” said Heidi Lamay of Hillsborough.
The Durham-Orange Light Rail is a $3 billion project aimed at transforming how people get around the Triangle.
There would be several stations connecting UNC to downtown Durham, but some people say not enough of Orange County is served by the project.
Bonnie Hauser is one of them. She says the county needs a better transit plan with more bus service.
“So, what’s the benefit for Orange County? UNC isn’t paying for it. Orange County citizens are paying for it,” she said.
County Commissioners took a closer look at the plan Thursday night, weighing the long-term debt.
“The funding scheme for the proposed project places Orange County at significant risk,” said Commissioner Renee Price.