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File #: [21-0197]    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Discussion Item Status: Filed
File created: 2/26/2021 In control: Town Council
On agenda: 3/17/2021 Final action: 3/17/2021
Title: Orange County Transit Plan and Proposed Commuter Rail Update.
Attachments: 1. Hyperlink: Orange County Transit Plan, 2. Hyperlink: March 2020 Adopted Short Range Transit Plan for Chapel Hill Transit, 3. Chapel Hill Transit Unfunded Service Improvements, 4. Chapel Hill Transit Capital Plan, 5. Staff Presentation, 6. GoTriangle Presentation, 7. Council Questions with Staff Response

Orange County Transit Plan and Proposed Commuter Rail Update.

Brian Litchfield, Director
Chapel Hill Transit
Nick Pittman, Transit Planning Manager

Jay Heikes, Senior Transportation Planner

Overview: The Orange County Transit Plan (the plan) was last updated and adopted in 2017. It contains a program of transit services and projects to be funded by local revenues for transit in Orange County through 2045.
The plan needs to be updated due to the discontinuation of the Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit project and the Interlocal Implementation Agreement for the Plan requires it to be updated every four (4) years. The plan directs the spending of four dedicated revenue streams:
* Article 43: Half-Cent Sales and Use Tax
* Article 50: Five-Percent Vehicle Rental Tax for Regional Transit Authority
* Article 51: Three-Dollar increase to GoTriangle Regional Vehicle Registration Fee
* Article 52: Seven-Dollar County Vehicle Registration Fee
The revenue sources in the plan were expected to generate around $8.5M in FY21 and $8.9M in FY22.
Orange County Transit Plan funding is critical to the annual operating budget of Chapel Hill Transit, providing around 10% of our annual operating budget (including the expansion of Sunday Service). It has helped meet vehicle replacement needs, fund bus stop improvements and provide the local match ($14.1M) for the North South Bus Rapid Transit Project.
The Board of Orange County Commissioners approved a planning framework for updating the Transit Plan in 2019. They also developed a Policy Steering Committee to provide guidance on the vision and goals of the Transit Plan Update and help prioritize the types and quantities of service improvements and infrastructure investments that will best serve the communities they represent. The Committee includes:
* Barbara Foushee, Town of Carrboro Council Member
* Michael Parker, Town of Chapel Hill Mayor Pro Tem
* Mark Bell, Town of Hillsbo...

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