Regarding the Dec. 8 news article “Transit plan addresses both urban and rural”: I was pleased to see that the Wake Transit Plan includes commuter rail from Garner to Durham.
While the article mentioned that “Durham shelved commuter trains a few years ago,” a more accurate description is that we put the project on hold since we did not have Wake County as a partner four years ago.
The Durham County Bus and Rail Investment Plan adopted in 2011 called for the development of a 37-mile commuter-rail alignment connecting the major cities and Research Triangle Park that appears to mirror what the Wake plan is proposing.
Commuter rail is also a part of the 2040 Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Transportation Plan and is the designated Locally Preferred Alternative for transit between Durham and Garner.
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These plans have not been amended, and the leadership in Durham knows that it is critical to stitch the region together with regional transit.
Commissioner, Durham County