#Roads & Transport
Durham County, NC
United States of America

Whereas Triangle Transportation Authority (GoTriangle) has asked Durham County Commissioners to commit to spending an additional $135 million dollars on top of existing commitments over the next 10 years for the Light Rail project, and in addition has given the Commissioners only two weeks to make this decision;

Whereas Triangle Transportation Authority (GoTriangle) has known since last summer that the state of North Carolina could not come up with the needed matching funds in order to move ahead with a light rail line between Duke and UNC;

Whereas Triangle Transportation Authority (GoTriangle) has also petitioned the local funding agency (MPO) for an additional $20 million which would endanger local projects;

Whereas elected officials need time to assess future needs for our own County schools, social services, affordable housing and local transit needs before making such a large unexpected commitment of funds;

Whereas all Durham County citizens are entitled to understand the implications of County decisions for future tax increases;

And whereas if the Durham County Commissioners sign a commitment (the letter of intent) now, they will give up their ability to renegotiate the funding agreement with Orange County and GoTriangle:

Therefore we the undersigned:

Call on our County Commissioners to delay a commitment of funds (letter of intent) until: (1) Durham County citizens gain a complete understanding of the consequences of the $135 million commitment; and (2) the Board of Commissioners can independently evaluate all the benefits and costs of the Light Rail project in the light of these cost increases.

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The Stop, Look, and Listen: Petition to Durham County Commissioners petition to Durham County, NC was written by Alex Cabanes and is in the category Roads & Transport at GoPetition.