The Wake County Transit Strategy Partners held a Transit Advisory Committee (TAC) today, Tuesday, January 20, 2015, at Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh. The meeting started with Jarrett Walker and Associates and Kimley Horn reviewing the principles of transit as discussed in the “Wake County Transit Choices Report,” available on Thursday, January 22, 2015.
The TAC was created by the Wake County Transit Strategy partners to develop a broad vision and goals for transit investment
in the County. Because the committee plays this key role, the consultant, the County and our partners wanted it to be reflective of the community make-up and wanted it to be tied into the community as much as possible.
To achieve the representation goal, each municipality and agency was allotted a specific number of seats and asked to appoint members to fill their slots. Municipalities and agencies appointed a member from its decision-making board and also considered business and non-profit leaders, community advocates, transit riders, and neighborhood leaders for the other slots.
During the meeting, the TAC was broken into several groups. The groups were given a map of the region and were asked to develop their own transit plan using transit principles (i.e. coverage, ridership, stops, infrastructure, service frequency, etc.). The goal was for each participant to represent their community or group interest in transit solutions.
The groups used wax sticks to lay out their plan, each color representing different frequency and technology mode of service, and after several hours of discussion, groups presented their plans to the committee. Participants voted on what kinds of service solutions they believed were most important for the community.
Over the next few months, the consultants and local transit planners will take the scenarios discussed today and develop a more detailed choices report.
Starting on Thursday, January 22, 2015, the public can read the “Wake County Transit Choices Report” and give feedback on the report by completing a short survey. The Transit Strategy Partners will also be presenting the scenarios throughout the community. If you would like to request a presentation, please contact Natalie Murdock at Triangle Transit at firstname.lastname@example.org.