ORANGE COUNTY – It’s no joke, the half-cent transit tax approved in November went into effect Monday at midnight.

By a vote of 59 to 41, Orange County residents approved the tax placed on the ballot by the County Commissioners that will supply funding for improved county transportation.

The County has plans for services totaling $661.1 million. Those plans include $131.1 million in new and enhanced bus service, express bus lane improvements on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd ($24.5 million), an Amtrak rail station in Hillsborough ($8.9 million), and a light rail system together with Durham County totaling $496.6 million.

To see a complete breakdown of the plans and some frequently asked questions, click here.