Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit (D-O LRT) Station Area Planning

With a grant from the Federal Transit Administration, GoTriangle, the Town of Chapel Hill, the City of Durham, and Triangle J Council of Governments have partnered to engage a national and local team of urban design, development and transit consultants to work on initial land planning and value capture activities for the station areas along the Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit (DOLRT) corridor.  


The full project includes a corridor market assessment, station area market-possible development with land use/building types, and value-capture potential. These tasks are being led by the consultant team. Triangle J COG is responsible for aligning these land use and development opportunities with the CommunityViz scenario tool; developing land use, transit and affordable housing metrics; and working with local stakeholders on affordable housing inventories, trends, station-area specific strategies and progress-tracking methods.  The project started in 2016 and is anticipated to be complete in 2018.


Raising the Roof: Linking Housing Affordability and Transit Investments | November 2018

Major transit infrastructure investments provide an opportunity to serve affordable housing, but also pose risks that existing affordable housing could be lost. This report, completed by TJCOG as part of the D-O LRT Station Area Planning grant, surveys the current landscape and provides a range of tools and techniques to align our transit investments with concrete actions to create and preserve affordable housing in those corridors. 

Raising the Roof: Linking Housing Affordability and Transit Investments


Transit Ready Development Breakfast | May 25, 2017

Attended by over 120 people, this event was an opportunity to see new station area planning results along the Durham-Orange Light Rail corridor and provide input about market potential.  After a project introduction from GoTriangle and the consultant team, a diverse set of panelists and speakers provided insight into best practices in Transit-Ready Development, infrastructure design & finance, and affordable housing. Click to see the event materials: AgendaPresentationsPanel Discussion Summary



Wake Transit Corridor Land Use & Housing Planning

As part of the Wake Transit planning process, Triangle J Council of Governments staff are leading this project effort with participation from: Cary, Garner, Morrisville, Raleigh, Wake County, CAMPO, GoTriangle, and the Research Triangle Foundation. This project started in the fall of 2017 and is estimated to be completed in 2019.  The ultimate outcomes of this project are to help local governments:

  • Align County and Municipal housing and land use policies with the Wake Transit plan
  • Understand where current affordable housing is located in relation to transit corridors
  • Understand how land use and affordable housing decisions are factored into state and federal transit funding decisions
  • Use land use and affordable housing considerations for the selection and prioritization of BRT alignment choices considered in the Wake Transit Major Investment Study (MIS) project
  • Prioritize locations along the transit corridors where it could be important to preserve existing affordable housing or build new housing
  • Use updated socioeconomic data in the region’s travel demand model used to generate transit ridership forecasts to ensure it reflects the latest community plans


Research and analysis conducted so far:

Example Ordinances for Transit-Oriented Development

Federal Funding for Major Transit Investments - Wake Transit Corridors

Comparison of Housing Policies, Practices, and Goals for Wake County Communities

Comparison of Housing Goals & Strategies for Wake County Communities

Comparison of Sales Price to Assessed Value, Residential Properties 2015-2017

Comparison of Purchase Prices in Block Groups Near Transit Stations, Residential Sales 2015-2017

Mean Rent per Bedroom by Block Group