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Foxx Promotes Light Rail in Visit to Durham, NC

As part of his four-day, five-state GROW AMERICA Express bus tour, DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx visited Durham, NC, Feb. 19 to talk about the Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project. Triangle Transit in Research Triangle Park, NC, is currently conducting planning and environmental review activities for the 17.1-mile line, which ultimately will connect the cities of Durham and Chapel Hill.

Joining Foxx at the event were Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), Durham Mayor William V. “Bill” Bell and David King, general manager of Triangle Transit, which is overseeing the light rail project.

“We support reauthorization for the proposed  project and others across the country so they can get done because they need to get done,” King said.

“Projects like the Durham-Orange Light Rail Line will connect Americans to opportunity by improving access to jobs and education while helping to spur economic development in growing communities like Durham, Chapel Hill and across the country,” Foxx said. “I’m traveling throughout the Southeast this week to highlight projects like this one that show if we invest in a 21st-century transportation system, we can grow jobs and the economy—and create a brighter tomorrow for future generations.”

The secretary also cited statistics showing an 80 percent increase in the region’s population by 2040.


DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx, at podium, speaks about the Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project, joined by Rep. G.K. Butterfield and Triangle Transit General Manager David King.

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