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In and , voters in Durham and Orange counties approved half-cent sales taxes to fund transportation improvements, including the light rail, to better connect major employers like UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke University, N.
Central University, a VA hospital, and businesses in bustling downtown Durham. But all this came to a screeching halt on February 27, when Duke University officials said they would not sign a cooperative agreement. The project required 11 partners to ink cooperative agreements; only Duke, Norfolk Southern, and the North Carolina Railroad Company, which manages a major rail corridor, remain unsigned.
But the mayor acknowledged that the process is unlikely to be successful, given deadlines imposed by the state. It could also lead to a lengthy legal battle.
What happened? Price expressed concerns that magnetic interference could hurt high-tech diagnostic and research equipment. Other issues included construction disruption that could affect a utility line, and vibrations from digging and placing the supports for an elevated track, and legal liability.
Was there no real commitment in the first place? Cities are changing fast.
Keep up with the CityLab Daily newsletter. The best way to follow issues you care about. Subscribe Loading But in , Duke officials signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding to cooperate with GoTriangle.
Duke raised no issues about the route during the environmental impact comment period in and A page timeline from GoTriangle showed that a Duke official agreed to the Erwin Road route on the map during early talks.
In meetings starting in , Duke officials did begin to express concerns, including the location of a transit station and the loss of trees around a golf course.
In , the FTA issued a Record of Decision, which basically set the light rail route, including Erwin Road as a key segment of the corridor.
Design and engineering began. But then the tenor of discussions with Duke began to change, according to the GoTriangle timeline.
Duke also began to raise other issues, such as the potential danger to a utility line under the road and difficult access for emergency vehicles. GoTriangle asked Duke for a list of all sensitive equipment at the medical buildings to assess the situation; that information was only provided in January of this year.
A GoTriangle consultant identified two electron microscopes and six MRI machines that could be vulnerable, according to a Feb. But officials said mitigation measures could be implemented.
Proponents of the light rail insist that many problems brought forth by Duke are technical and could still be resolved. GoTriangle has, for example, identified about 20 other medical centers that operate with rail systems nearby. As Streetsblog reports, facilities at the University of Minnesota and the University of Washington overcame issues related to nearby transit.
Officials urged Duke to spell out their demands in a cooperative agreement, so that fixes would be assured. But in summer new concerns arose, including security at a global research building and the prospect of traffic tie-ups around athletic events.
In September, a Duke official asked if the route could be moved a block north, but GoTriangle officials explained that putting the line in the nearby historically African-American Crest Street neighborhood would both raise issues of environmental justice and could endanger federal funding.
That same neighborhood had been targeted for freeway construction in the s, but survived with the help of activists and legal actions.
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First proposed in the s, the light rail line connecting Durham with nearby Chapel Hill was designed to spur affordable housing in new developments along the route. Courtesy of GoTriangle By the end of last year, a Duke official raised the concern that construction vibrations could affect delicate eye surgeries nearby.
The shifting concerns by Duke have angered local leaders and others who desperately want light rail in Durham. Some in town have viewed the school as a wealthy institution that keeps itself apart from this working-class city built on tobacco.
The Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership was founded in to assist 12 surrounding neighborhoods and nine nearby schools. Congressman G. Bonnie Hauser, a member of a group called Affordable Transit for All, said nearby Wake County has moved ahead of Durham and Orange with its strategy of high-frequency buses.
Like many other cities , Durham wants to use the train to spur affordable housing development. This is crucial. The light rail is the first critical backbone of a regional transit system.
Price became president in , and Dr. Eugene Washington became head of health affairs in The ambassadors included Jacobs and Schewel, plus three former Durham mayors. Four in the group were Duke alumni—an indication of just how deeply Duke and Durham are intertwined.
With so much time and money gone, GoTriangle officials are now scrambling to find ways to salvage the project before an April 30 deadline.