Community investment in a better Wake County transit system begins

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

Public encouraged to comment on first improvements in Wake County Transit Plan

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 the 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

Wake County Transit Plan is moving forward

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

Wake County Commissioners Take Next Steps with Transit Plan Funding

The Wake County Board of Commissioners on Dec. 5 authorized two key funding sources for the Wake County Transit Plan:

  • A $3 increase in the Regional Transit Authority Registration Tax.
  • 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

Voters Approve Wake County Transit Plan Referendum

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

How Will the Wake Transit Plan be Implemented?

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

Wake County Transit Plan Referendum on 2016 General Election Ballot

transit-votingIn the 2016 General Election, voters will see a referendum on their ballot for a one-half percent (1/2%) local sales tax increase to partially fund public transportation systems.

This additional tax, along with local, state, and federal dollars, as well as farebox revenue, will fund the implementation of the Wake County Transit Plan. Local funding would also include increased vehicle registration fees.  Read more

GoTriangle Videos Give Inside Look at BRT and CRT

The Wake County Transit Plan is designed to better connect our growing community and enhance how we get to work, school, medical appointments and other key destinations. While the plan includes an increase in bus service throughout the county, it also includes two projects that would bring new transit options to our area.

The Wake County Transit Plan, if funded, introduces Commuter Rail Transit (CRT) and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) to the region, and incorporates new and existing bus service to complement these options.  This November, the half-cent sales tax referendum will be on the ballot. The sales tax is the primary funding source for implementing the transit plan.

Many places across the country have already invested in similar interconnected, regional transit networks that use a combination of bus, bus rapid transit, commuter rail and other modes, all working together.

In a pair of recently published videos, posted below, GoTriangle takes us for a ride on the Bus Rapid Transit and Commuter Rail lines in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area to show what both look like in other cities. The videos also introduce us to Michael London and Shaun Simmons Smith, two commuters who rely on these modes of transportation every day.  London and Simmons Smith both credit the frequency, speed and reliability of BRT and commuter rail in making their commutes easier and stress-free.

As a community growing by approximately 64 people per day, Wake County is one of the fastest growing areas in the nation. We’ve worked with local stakeholders to develop a transit plan that will fit the needs of our community.

New Brochures Now Available!

With the recent adoption of the Wake County Transit Plan and the upcoming sales tax referendum on the ballot this November, our team is on the move, making sure all residents have access to the latest information regarding the plan.

Updated transit plan brochures have been distributed throughout Wake County to our local transit systems; chambers of commerce; town and city government offices; and county libraries, parks and public health locations. The new brochures will also be available at upcoming farmers’ markets and various festivals, and used during presentations made about the plan to local organizations.

Want to view it now? You can check out the new brochure online in English and Spanish.

We have also made important changes to this website. In addition to hosting the plan document, the Wake County Transit Plan page of this site now features an overview of what the plan includes, such as the installation of Bus Rapid Transit corridors, expansion and increased frequency of current bus service, and the launch of commuter rail, which will connect communities throughout our growing region.

Our goal is to make sure that all Wake County residents are informed. You can help by sharing this information with your friends and family.

If you would like a presentation about the plan or know of any groups in your area that would be interested in learning more, please contact Tim Maloney, director of Wake County Planning, Development and Inspections, at 919-856-6678 or tmaloney@wakegov.com.