The Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Draft Section 4(f) Evaluation (DEIS) for the proposed Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit (D-O LRT) Project drew thousands of comments during the 45-day public comment period. 

During today’s Board of Trustees meeting, the staff reported that from August 28 to October 13, the agency received over 1,300 comments from 575 individuals at public information sessions and two public hearings in Chapel Hill and Durham.

The DEIS, required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), documents the environmental, transportation, social, and economic impacts associated with the transportation improvements in the Durham-Orange (D-O) Corridor and in the proposed 17-mile light rail project between Chapel Hill and Durham. 

The comments received are being reviewed and will be addressed in the combined Final Environmental Impact Statement and Record of Decision, scheduled for February 2016.

The DEIS is available online at:  Though the public review and comment period has closed, comments are welcome at the D-O LRT Project web site at or by postal mail to D-O LRT Project – c/o Our Transit Future, P.O. Box 530, Morrisville, NC 27560. 

For more information, please contact Brad Schulz, Communications Officer at 919-485-7434 or; or Natalie Murdock, Interim Manager of Communications and Public Affairs at 919-485-7569 or

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