Trump’s Proposed Budget Could Derail Durham-Orange Light-rail Plan

Trump’s proposed budget could derail Durham-Orange light-rail plan

President Donald Trump’s proposed budget, if approved, could leave Durham, Orange and Wake counties holding the bag for their rail and bus projects.The president’s fiscal 2018 budget plan would only fund New Starts projects with existing grant agreements from the Federal Transit Administration. GoTriangle plans to seek funding from the New Starts program to pay for half of the $2.5 billion Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit project. The current schedule anticipates a funding agreement for the project in 2020, GoTriangle spokesman Mike Charbonneau said in an email.GoTriangle also plans to seek roughly $443 million from the New Starts program for Wake …

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