The Triangle Regional Transit Program (TRTP) is a collaborative framework for developing an efficient and sustainable regional transportation system for North Carolina’s Durham, Orange, and Wake counties. TRTP’s role is to addresses the Triangle’s critical need for improved connectivity and mobility choices while promoting its economic prosperity, job growth, and an enhanced quality of life.

Triangle Transit commissioned a major study to initiate fixed-guideway (light rail and commuter rail) transit service within the region. AECOM is the prime consultant providing program management services for the Triangle Transit’s three-county region and is supporting the implementation of rail and bus service improvements. We are leading a team that conducted an Alternatives Analysis (AA) study for three priority corridors, and evaluated and screened alternative alignments, modes and station locations within each corridor.

Once the Alternative Analysis was complete, a locally preferred alternative was adopted by the Metropolitan Planning Organization for the Durham-Orange LRT (D-O LRT) corridor. Both Durham County and Orange County subsequently passed half-cent sales taxes to fund the project, while Wake County has yet to hold a referendum.

AECOM has submitted a package to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) requesting authorization enter the Project Development phase according to MAP-21 requirements passed by Congress in October 2012. The AECOM team is now developing an environmental impact statement and conducting preliminary engineering for the D-O Corridor. Should Wake County pass a referendum and adopt an LPA for their two corridors, AECOM also will perform an environmental impact statement and preliminary engineering for those corridors.