August, 2016 Luncheon
Speaker: David Charters, P.E. & Willie Noble, P.E.
Date: Thursday, August 18, 2016
Topic: Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project
Summary: GoTriangle's presentation on the Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit (D-O LRT) Project will provide a general overview and status update of the project. The environmental clearance process and the development of the Environmental Impact Statement within Federal Transit Administration (FTA) guidelines will be explained. GoTriangle will describe the Durham-Orange Corridor, present the D-O LRT Project's alignment, and review the key activity centers connected along the 17-mile alignment. The presentation will include the anticipated operating scenario and projected ridership.
GoTriangle will explain the benefits that the connected communities will derive from the implementation of the light rail project. GoTriangle will provide a technical definition of the project including typical sections and renderings, and describe the Rail Operations & Maintenance Facility. The presentation will conclude with the proposed project schedule, a discussion of the current funding status, and the next steps GoTriangle will take to advance the project into the Engineering phase.
David is the Manager for Design and Engineering for GoTriangle having joined the transit agency in 2014 after over 30 years with a consulting engineering firm. David received his BSCE degree from Lehigh University, and his MSCE degree from the University of Pittsburgh. He is a member of ASCE, and is a licensed Professional Engineer. David worked on TTA's Regional Rail Project from 2003 through 2006, and numerous other transit projects, including those in Baltimore, Norfolk, northern Virginia, Pittsburgh, and Washington DC.
Willie is a project engineer for GoTriangle. He is licensed in Indiana and North Carolina. He is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and a concentration in structural engineering. Willie has over 35 years of experience in structural engineering and construction/project management. He has spent the past 20 years in the transportation/transit industry where he has worked on heavy rail, light rail, and streetcar projects. Willie has been a member of the American Society of Professional Engineers (ASCE) since 1978 and is also a charter member of ASCE's Structural Engineering Institute.
Sponsor: Falcon Engineering