AUG. 1, 2017 — Just nine months after Wake County voters approved new investments in transit, GoRaleigh, GoCary and GoTriangle are rolling out expanded bus service that will increase access to transportation options, job opportunities and Raleigh-Durham International Airport.
The improvements, which begin Aug. 6, include adding Sunday service to all GoCary routes and increasing frequency on GoRaleigh Route 7 from every 30 minutes to every 15 minutes and on GoTriangle Route 100 from hourly to every 30 minutes Monday through Friday. GoTriangle Route 100 begins at the GoRaleigh Station, stops several times at N.C. State University along Hillsborough Street and comfortably connects travelers to RDU.
All of the new service is part of the Wake County Transit Plan, which is funded with the voter-approved half-cent sales tax that went into effect April 1, a $7 vehicle registration tax and an $8 regional registration tax. Read more
In November, Wake County voters approved a half-cent sales tax dedicated to paying for transit initiatives. The tax, which started April 1, is expected to generate $94.3 million in revenues in its first fiscal year. About $10.6 million of that will go into the operating fund and pay for improvements to bus service, among other things. About $83.7 million is headed to the capital fund, with $63.5 million going into savings for future projects and $20.2 million paying for current projects. Here is a look at some of the projects slated for Fiscal Year 2018. Read more
Although Fuquay-Varina’s population is growing at a fast clip—about 4 percent annually—some residents say their ride to work in downtown Raleigh has gotten less stressful as they are no longer fighting traffic themselves.
Jeanne Flynn, who commutes to her job at Wake County Information Services, says since she started riding the Fuquay-Varina–Raleigh Express bus rather than driving her car, she has gained more personal time. Now she drives her car for three minutes from her house to a park-and-ride lot, then rides the bus to about a block from work. Read more
Thanks to the many Wake County residents who came out to public meetings last month to share their thoughts on the Wake Transit Fiscal Year 2018 Draft Work Plan or who commented on the plan through waketransit.com. More than 50 individual comments as well as letters from agencies, municipalities and coalitions were received.
All comments are being considered by the Transit Planning Advisory Committee (TPAC), which is now reviewing the Draft Work Plan. TPAC is made up of representatives from all Wake County municipalities as well as GoTriangle, the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, Wake County, NC State University and Research Triangle Park. Its role is to implement the Wake County Transit Plan. Read more
Wake County, N.C. (March 31, 2017) – April 1 marks the beginning of the community’s new investment in a better public transit system for Wake County as the transit-dedicated half-cent sales tax that voters approved in November goes into effect.
As early as this summer, money from the new investment will allow the Wake County Transit Plan to offer improved bus stops, more park-and-ride options and expanded midday, evening and weekend bus service in Raleigh and Cary and to Raleigh Durham International Airport and Research Triangle Park. Public feedback from a comment period that ends April 3 will help shape the initial transit investments. Read more
Research Triangle Park, NC (March 13, 2017) – Wake County residents are encouraged to participate in a series of public meetings this month to learn more about the Fiscal Year (July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018) Wake Transit Draft Work Plan. It outlines the improvements, such as expanding bus routes and increasing bus service, proposed in first year of the 10-year plan to enhance Wake County’s transit system. Para mayor información.
The meetings, which are listed below, also offer residents the opportunity to share their thoughts about the draft plan with local transit planners. The feedback received will be considered as the draft work plan is finalized. Read more
Today, the GoTriangle Board of Trustees approved a $3 increase to the Annual Motor Vehicle Tax in Wake County to partially fund the 10-year Wake County Transit Plan. The board’s action follows earlier approval today by GoTriangle’s Special Tax Board.
The Annual Motor Vehicle Tax is outlined in the Wake Transit Fiscal Year 18 Draft Work Plan that was released earlier this week for public comment. The FY 18 Draft Work Plan outlines specific proposals, and the governing agencies are requesting public comment between Feb. 20, 2017, and April 3, 2017. Each year, there will be a new plan with plenty of time to comment on the projects within it. Read more
The Wake County Board of Commissioners on Dec. 5 took action to authorize two key funding sources for the Wake County Transit Plan.
- A $3 increase in the Regional Transit Authority Registration Tax; and
- A new $7 Wake County Vehicle Registration Tax.
These local funding sources are in addition to the one-half percent local sales and use tax referendum passed by voters in the 2016 General Election. Read more
In the 2016 General Election, Wake County voters made their voices heard and approved a one-half cent local sales and use tax referendum to fund the Wake County Transit Plan.
The transit plan will help residents get where they need to go more easily. It will provide improved connections within Wake County and across the Triangle region through expanded bus service and commuter rail from Garner to Durham. Read more
During this election cycle, Wake County voters will see a referendum on their general election ballot for a one-half percent local sales tax increase to partially fund the Wake County Transit Plan.
The referendum is a major step towards the funding that will be required for the plan. If voters approve the referendum, the partner agencies that helped develop the plan will be ready to begin implementing the plan, bringing improved and expanded transit service to Wake County as funding from the referendum and other sources becomes available. Read more