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

Center Line Dashed Markings In Place on Paved Section in Chatham

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 October 5th. 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.

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American Tobacco Trail Safety Study--Article in the Independent Weekly

This just in! The Independent Weekly reports this week on the recently published study of safety on the American Tobacco Trail. Click here to read the coverage in the Indy:
Click here for background info on the study and the full report of findings: Durham Safety Study
Click here to read: Dave Connelly's response to the INDY article

New Signs at O'Kelly Chapel Road Crossing

Advisory 35 mph sgn at O'Kelly Chapel crossing of the ATT.

Good News for trail users frequenting the ATT crossing at O'Kelly Chapel Road! Based on the 9 day monitoring of users crossing O'Kelly by volunteers with TRTC and vehicle speeds and numbers monitoring by DOT, DOT has installed 35 mph advisory signs for both directions. These are not legally enforceable limits, but these yellow advisory signs are very often effective in lowering the average speed of motorists passing through trail crossings. This is still a potentially dangerous crossing due to the limited sight lines by motorists and the enforceable limit of 50 mph. Users have suggested having blinking yellow lights installed at this crossing. We'll be exploring getting these as long term safety upgrades through the MPO planning process. July 21 Update: District 8 DOT has pulled together a study group to look at options for improved signage and other changes to improve safety at O'Kelly and similar road crossings. More on this as findings emerge.


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