Sig Hutchinson hopes a lease of the 286 site would just be the beginning. His ultimate goal is for a ride center. The 286 tract is about 150 acres, and a ride center would require about 300 acres. Hutchinson envisions a destination ride center where people could drive in and hit the trails.
Early studies of the commuter rail project included in Wake and Durham Counties’ transit plans have shown two out of the eight route scenarios studied would likely qualify for the federal funding needed to complete the project. An exploratory study, known as the Major Investment Study (MIS), was authorized by the two counties and completed in May 2019. The study looked at the people, homes and businesses along the corridor and evaluated environmental factors that could affect the project.