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Duke opts to not back Triangle light-rail project

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) - Duke University has decided to not sign a cooperative agreement with GoTriangle that was needed for Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit project.

Duke said deadlines imposed by federal and state governments are preventing the University from signing an agreement. 

GoTriangle calls the decision "especially disappointing" and a "major setback" for the entire Triangle region.

Duke described putting an elevated electric rail line "within 150-feet of the most densely concentrated
corridor of patient care and biomedical research facilities in the state" as a "complex undertaking."

Duke listed the unresolved challenges in a letter which can be read here.  

This story will be updated. 


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