Durham buses getting new name
Three of the Triangle's transit providers have new names.
In a news conference Wednesday, state Secretary of Transportation Tony Tata, Raleigh Mayor Pro Tem John Odom and Durham Mayor and GoTriangle Board Chair Bill Bell, unveiled GoRaleigh, GoDurham and GoTriangle. The transit providers are part of a new family of services called GoTransit.
“More and more, the Triangle lives, works and plays as a region,” Bell said. “This new exciting transit brand, while maintaining what makes us unique as individual cities and agencies, also reflects our vision for transit to be the link that grows our businesses as well as improves the quality of life for residents throughout the Triangle.”
Cary's C-Tran will become GoCary in 2016. Chapel Hill Transit will decide at a later date if it will change its name to GoChapel Hill
Buses and other vehicles on the road will incorporate the new logo and design elements gradually; new vehicles will carry the new design as they are purchased. The changes will be phased in on Bus Operator uniforms, bus passes and schedules. The name change will also affect social media and websites.
County will run renovated Whitted gym
The Durham County commissioners this week unanimously approved a revised agreement for the renovation of the Whitted School building on Umstead Street.
The agreement spells out the broad framework of the public-private partnership among the county, DPS and the developer, Atlanta-based The Integral Group.
The county commissioners reviewed the first version of the agreement March 2 and authorized County Manager Wendell Davis to execute the agreement at their March 9 meeting.
After Durham Public Schools staff presented the agreement to the Board of Education Administrative Services Committee on March 16, DPS had some changes, including control of the gym, which the county commissioners had to approve Monday.
Whitted School was Durham’s first full black high school The proposed redevelopment of the site includes pre-kindergarten classrooms and elder housing.
Correspondent Matt Goad
County OKs rezoning for working farm
The Durham County commissioners paved the way Monday for a northern Durham subdivision that will feature a working farm.
The commissioners unanimously approved a rezoning from residential suburban to residential rural for Wetrock Farm, a proposed 141-home community on a 237-acre site that would take advantage of the draw of local food.
Designers say that each week a basket of fresh food from the farm will be delivered to each home.
Wetrock’s proposed site is north of the Durham city limits, mostly on the west side of Roxboro Road, with Preston Andrews Road at the north end and between the Orange Factory Road intersection at the other.
The plan is for a “conservation subdivision,” a provision in Durham’s development regulations that allows extra density on a piece of land in exchange for permanently preserving at least half of it as unbuilt open space.
Developers are still working on getting county approval of a site plan with further details of the plan.
Correspondent Matt Goad