Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project –

Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project –
Initial Environmental Comment Period Ending Soon

Research Triangle Park, NC (May 30, 2012) – Triangle residents have a few more weeks to share feedback on environmental issues on the Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project.

The 45-day comment period ends on June 18, 2012 and follows the publication of a Federal Register Notice of Intent in early April. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and Triangle Transit intend to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to study the proposed Project.

The comment period allows public, Federal, State and local agencies, citizens, elected officials, and Project partners to identify and define the issues to be studied in detail in the Federally-required environmental process in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended.

Environmental work follows the selection of light rail transit as the preferred technology in the proposed 17-mile corridor by the Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization in February 2012.

To date, more than 100-comments have been received from two workshops in May in Chapel Hill and Durham and online at the Project Web site at http://www.ourtransitfuture.com. All comments received will be incorporated into the final published Scoping Report.

The Federal Register Notice, which includes the Project’s Purpose and Need, Study Area, and EIS Alternatives, is at: http://www.ourtransitfuture.com and http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-04-03/pdf/2012-7897.pdf.

The Triangle Regional Transit Program is a comprehensive study of fixed guideway transit opportunities to complement new and expanded bus service. The Triangle Regional Transit Program is managed by Triangle Transit.

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Go Chapel Hill – Carrboro Presents: The 2012 Annual 8 Mile Cruiser Spring Roll

Go Chapel Hill – Carrboro presents the Annual Spring Roll Cruiser Ride.

Cyclists are invited to meet at the Wallace Deck, 150 E. Rosemary St., at 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 18, for the annual cruiser ride. This no cost event is open to families (2 miles) as well as cruisers (8 miles) to enjoy the spring weather and help promote riding a bike for work, errands and play.

There is no registration fee. William Dawson’s Band will kick off the evening along with contests, fun and food! Bring your bike, dress it up for the Most Outrageous Bike Contest and wear your most fun cycling clothes!!!

ALSO…

Bike On Bus Workshop – Saturday, May 19 at University Mall Farmer’s Market

Come and learn how to load your bike onto transit buses from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 19, at the Farmer’s Market at University Mall, 120 S. Estes Drive. Enjoy this no cost workshop, get your name in the hat for a drawing and enjoy a quick tour of a Chapel Hill Transit Bus! If you can’t bring a bike, come by anyway. a bike will be provided to show you the technique. For more information on these events call 919-969-5065.

Go Chapel Hill – Carrboro Bike Breakfast Workshop! THIS TUESDAY- May15

RAIN OR SHINE!!!

Go Chapel Hill – Carrboro Bike Breakfast Workshop! THIS TUESDAY, May15, 7am to 10am: Next to Armadillo Grill!

Join us Tuesday morning in the parking lot next to Armadillo Grill for Neil’s Deli Biscuits and Open Eye Cafe Coffee, free give aways, bike inspections, wrenching and information on alternative transportation use.

Cycling More, Feeling Great!!! Go Chapel Hill – Carrboro!

Bike to School Day – May 9th

2012 marks the first-ever National Bike to School Day.  Go Chapel Hill – Carrboro encourages students and parents to ride bicycles to school this Wednesday, May 9th, for this first Bike to School Day!  Bike to School Day is a nationwide bike-focused celebration for students in the month of May and builds on the popularity and success of Walk to School Day, which is celebrated across the country – and the world – each October.

Bike to School Day events raise awareness of the need to create safer routes for bicycling and walking and emphasize the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, reducing traffic congestion and concern for the environment. The events build connections between families, schools and the broader community.

Schedule a little extra time into your day Wednesday morning and ride with the students to school on bicycles… leave your car and home and in doing so the air will be a little cleaner, there will be less traffic congestion and our community and selves will be a bit healthier too!

Bike to School Day, May 9th — Driving Less, Feeling Great!