The Special Transit Advisory Commission is continuing to meet past its Oct. 31 target date for finishing, with sessions added (so far) in November and December. The STAC's 29 members represent the region's two federally designated transportation planning agencies, one centered in Raleigh and the other in Durham-Chapel Hill. The group is still looking at various rail and bus routes that could be developed over the next 30 years, at price tags of up to $8 billion.
Most scenarios include the "linchpin" rail corridor between Durham and Raleigh. That was the hub of the Triangle Transit Authority's commuter-rail project until the federal government pulled the plug on its funding in 2006. It remains under strong consideration, however, because half the jobs in the Triangle are located within a mile of it.