Transportation

Regional Rail: PA was an early and strong proponent for a regional rail system linking the employment centers of the Triangle (PA was also an early proponent for a multi-modal transit center in Durham, 1985).

City Bus Service: PA successfully fought cuts in bus service by Duke Power and won the effort for the City to take over the local bus service û allowing more communities in Durham to have access to public transportation (1983). PA also worked on the Durham Citizens Roundtable Coalition which released its report, “Proposed Action Plan for Resolution of Durham’s Bus Problems” in 1985. This plan ultimately led to the City’s take-over of Duke Power’s moribund bus system in 1991. The new Durham Area Transit Authority is now one of the top rated bus systems for a city of Durham’s size. In 1996, elected officials, supported by PA, launched a successful bond referendum that led to the (2008) construction of a multi-modal station on West Chapel Hill Street. It serves taxis, as well as local (DATA), regional (TTA), and national (Greyhound) buses, and is across the street from the Amtrak train station.

Billboards: In 2009, PA has been fighting to prevent electronic billboards from cropping up along the Durham Freeway and Interstates 40 and 85. Such billboards pose safety hazards, diminish quality of life for surrounding neighborhoods, and potentially carry heavy financial obligations for the residents of Durham County. While the process is ongoing, with your help we can keep these billboards out of Durham!

Eno Drive: PA fought for local input into the Eno Drive process and advocated that the highway loop not be built. PA spoke at public hearings, lobbied with local officials, worked with our state delegation, met with the leadership of NCDOT and supported the efforts of the No-Build Coalition.

DOT reform: Addressing the State legislature, PA has long advocated reforming the NCDOT.

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