TRTC Now Enrolled in AmazonSmile Program

Users at Pittard Sears fountain

We were recently added to the AmazonSmile program. Under this program Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Triangle Rails to Trails whenever you connect to Amazon by clicking here or on the icon on the lower left portion of this page. You can bookmark this link in your browser(s) for use in future purchases. We'll be using the proceeds from this program for routine expenses such as the water bills and annual maintenance on the water fountain at Pittard Sears and for the liability insurance we carry to cover volunteers participating in our workdays.

Rails to Trails: The Time is Now

Utilizing railroads for mass transit systems may become necessary in the next century. Why not preserve the existing railroad corridors and avoid condemnation of private land for government projects? Once preserved, why not use these relatively flat, straight corridors for alternate transportation through bicycle commuting and recreational trails? These are not unique or radical ideas. Rail-trails efforts are active and successful throughout the country. Currently, the TRTC is actively seeking volunteers and contributions. If you would like to help, or you want to know more, please join us today by completing a membership form or joining us in workdays with Friends of the ATT.

This view of the American Tobacco Trail (ATT) shows folks enjoying an early Fall afternoon on the trail in downtown Durham. (Photo from Nancy Pierce

Fallen Trees Cut & Cleared From Eagle Spur Trail

Chain saw work on Eagle Spur trail

On November 22, three members of our Board braved on and off rain to cut and clear over a dozen fallen trees and trim back numerous other trees near the trail. This popular 2.2 mile trail is south of Stage Coach Road in Durham and offers a very quiet experience ending at the edge of Jordan Lake. The Eagle Spur follows the original Durham to Duncan rail corridor that was in use until the mid-1960s when the corridor was re-routed to the east to allow the filling of Jordan Lake. TRTC has maintained this trail for over 15 years.

Fountan at Pittard Sears Closed for the Winter

With sub-freezing nights coming very soon we shut off the water at Pittard Sears on 11/20 for the season. Re-opening should occur in late March after sub-freezing nights are out of the forecasts. Since we installed it in April 2013 water usage has increased each year and indicates that this has been a popular and well used service for trail users. From anecdotal reports we understand that a number of runners starting in Cary have structured their longer runs so as to use the fountain as a turn around point.

Center Line Dashed Markings In Place on Paved Section in Chatham

ATT near O'Kelly Chapel Road showing new striping

After over a year of discussions with staff from the Town of Cary and Chatham County, TRTC's advocacy efforts were accepted and yellow dashes marking the trail's center line were put down by our contractor today. Our goal for these dashes is to provide trail users with a gentle reminder to generally keep right and ride or walk no more than two abreast. We believe most users will appreciate these efforts to improve safety on the trail for all types of users.
Our Conservancy now has two vacancies on the Board and would welcome anyone interested in our group to attend our next Board meeting on December 7th. We'll be meeting at 7:30 at the Clubhouse in Woodcroft (very near the trail)

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Stronger Pedestrian Signs Installed at O'Kelly Chapel Crossing

New Pedestrian Signs at O'Kelly Chapel Crossing

As additional action from the monitoring of trail users and vehicles done this past May, the District DOT staff has installed signs to remind motorists that they are obligated to yield to pedestrians. These are regulatory signs and motorists not yielding can be ticketed. We are exploring ways to get transportation improvement funding for user activated flashing signal lights for this crossing through Chatham County. Stay tuned, this may not be a quick process.
Mid-November Update: No success in finding resources for the lights this year. The project is now included in Chatham's planning process as an effort to be seriously considered for funding by the Chatham Commissioners in 2016.

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