Visioning and Goals

Vision Statement

By 2045, US 15-501 between Durham and Chapel Hill will be a key multimodal transportation corridor, that will complement and support the Durham-Orange Light Rail and the adjacent, mixed use, and multimodal supportive development. The corridor will provide for the safety, mobility, and accessibility of all users, including motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists, and public transportation users; including connections across and through the corridor. View the US 15-501 Tour Summary and Visioning Summary.

Goals and Objectives

MTP Goal Linkage

Goal: Improve accessibility and connectivity for all modes

  • Seek opportunities to improve and connect existing public transportation services
  • Improve bicycle and pedestrian directness of routing
  • Implement interconnected bicycle and pedestrian facilities
  • Increase transit, bicycle, and pedestrian access to jobs and essential goods and services, particularly for disadvantaged populations
  • Increase auto connectivity
  • Improve accessibility to bus stops, particularly for patrons with ADA needs
  • Connect people
  • Promote multimodal and affordable travel choices
  • Protect environment and minimize climate change

Goal: Improve mobility for all users

  • Manage peak-period congestion
  • Increase system reliability
  • Provide facilities that expand mobility options and that are user friendly
  • Minimize physical and psychological barriers to non-motorized travel
  • Identify and implement first/last mile connections for bicycle and pedestrian access to transit
  • Create an intuitive multimodal network through design and wayfinding
  • Reduce intermodal conflicts at intersections and driveways
  • Manage congestion and system reliability

Goal: Enhance safety/health

  • Identify and eliminate or mitigate locations and operations that pose hazards
  • Develop transportation infrastructure that prioritizes people
  • Design intersections for users of all ages and abilities
  • Improve user comfort on bicycle and pedestrian facilities by increasing separation along corridors with high speed and volume
  • Increase opportunities for exercise/recreation on non-motorized network
  • Implement roadway cross-sections that balance modes and greenspace
  • Improve connectivity, for all modes, to parks and open space
  • Clear and consistent signing and pavement markings that enhance safety and awareness for all modes
  • Promote safety and health

Goals and Objectives

MTP Goal Linkage

Goal: Stimulate Land use, community, and market performance vitality

  • Create nodal land use patterns that promote multimodal travel
  • Incorporate urban design and complete streets principles that create human-scale development.
  • Provide focal points of community activity within designated areas, as appropriate.
  • Foster a diverse mix of land uses and job types.
  • Provide suitable housing options for a variety of household types and income levels, including affordable and workforce housing.
  • Leverage increases in tax base to support community goals.
  • Preserve essential goods and services and locally distinctive destinations.
  • Add goods and services that are currently lacking in the corridor in appropriate locations.
  • Stimulate economic vitality

Goal: Protect sensitive environmental lands within the study area

  • Mitigate impacts of development on New Hope Creek and other environmentally sensitive areas
  • Implement transportation infrastructure that is compatible with, and complementary of, the surrounding natural environment
  • Reduce mobile emissions
  • Mitigate storm water runoff
  • Encourage replacement of short distance auto trips with walking or biking trips
  • Protect environment and minimize climate change