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1 <br /> ORANGE COUNTY <br /> BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS <br /> ACTION AGENDA ITEM ABSTRACT <br /> Meeting Date: November 1, 2022 <br /> Action Agenda <br /> Item No. 5-c <br /> SUBJECT: 2022 Orange County Transit Plan Update — Public Hearing <br /> DEPARTMENT: Planning and Inspections <br /> ATTACHMENT(S): INFORMATION CONTACT: <br /> 1. Draft 2022 Orange County Transit Plan Tom Altieri, Comprehensive Planning <br /> Update (Excluding Appendix) Supervisor, 919-245-2579 <br /> 2. Revised Financial Summary Travis Myren, Deputy County Manager, 919- <br /> 245-2308 <br /> Nish Trivedi, Transportation Services <br /> Director, 919-245-2007 <br /> PURPOSE: To hold a public hearing, receive the Policy Steering Committee, Staff Working <br /> Group, and Orange Unified Transportation Board recommendations, close the public hearing, and <br /> consider taking action on the 2022 Orange County Transit Plan (OCTP) Update. <br /> BACKGROUND: In 2012, the Orange County Board of Commissioners along with the Durham- <br /> Chapel Hill Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization (DCHC MPO) and GoTriangle adopted <br /> the first Orange County Transit Plan. This Plan was funded using a newly-adopted Article 43 Half- <br /> Cent Sales Tax, and it included investments in new and expanded bus service and new capital <br /> infrastructure projects such as the Chapel Hill North-South Bus Rapid Transit Project, the <br /> Hillsborough Train Station, and the Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit (DO LRT) Project. The Plan <br /> was updated in 2017 to meet federal requirements associated with the DO LRT Project. <br /> In March 2019, the DO LRT Project was discontinued. This project was central to the Transit Plan <br /> as the Plan's primary investment, representing a critical partnership between Durham and Orange <br /> counties, and serving as the transit infrastructure around which other transit services and growth <br /> strategies were planned. In response to the discontinuation of the DO LRT project, Orange County <br /> staff began the process of creating a draft framework to create a new Orange County Transit Plan <br /> that prioritizes investments, funds service improvements, and improves the resiliency of the public <br /> transit network. <br /> At its November 17, 2019 meeting, the Orange County Board of Commissioners approved the <br /> planning framework for updating the Orange County Transit Plan. The framework included a <br /> Policy Steering Committee (PSC) composed of two (2) Commissioners serving as Co-Chairs, and <br /> one representative each from Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Hillsborough, and Mebane to lead the <br /> process. The County and/or municipal appointees are intended to represent the interests of <br /> GoTriangle and DCHC MPO. <br /> The PSC is supported by a staff team led by County staff and including staff representatives from <br /> the aforementioned municipal jurisdictions, as well as DCHC MPO, Triangle J Council of <br />