Recommended Wake County Transit Plan Unveiled

The Recommended Wake County Transit Plan is here! The plan was officially unveiled at a public open house on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015, at the Raleigh Convention Center.

What’s in the plan?
Developed over the past year, the Recommended Transit Plan is the culmination of more than 250 community presentations and meetings, and feedback from more than 4,300 citizens and stakeholders. It provides:

  • Stronger regional connections with more express bus services and a new, 37-mile commuter rail system from Garner to Durham, offering stops in Garner, downtown Raleigh, NC State, Cary, Morrisville and Research Triangle Park. The commuter rail would operate in the existing NC Railroad corridor shared with freight and Amtrak trains.
  • New or improved linkages among all 12 Wake County municipalities, with new bus connections from all towns to downtown Raleigh, and new bus service between some smaller communities. The plan recommends longer hours, more routes that reach farther into the community and more frequent service. It also will link colleges and universities to employment centers, medical centers, dense residential areas and major downtowns.
  • Frequent, reliable bus service in urban areas with bus rapid transit (BRT), which runs every 15 minutes during peak hours and uses several techniques to stay on schedule, such as dedicated bus lanes, priority treatment at traffic signals and stations designed to speed boarding. The plan also expands the existing frequent bus services (buses that arrive at least every 15 minutes) in the most densely populated parts of Raleigh and Cary from the current 17 miles to 83 miles over a 10-year period.
  • Options for better local bus service in all municipalities through matching funds to those towns that choose to develop and operate local bus service, and expanded funding to the current Transportation and Rural Access (TRACS) demand-response service throughout the county.

What is the estimated cost of the plan?
It will cost about $2.3 billion to build and operate the elements of this plan over the first 10 years. That figure includes federal, state and other local dollars, including existing funding.
What are the next steps?
In the coming months, staff will work on the governance details of the plan’s implementation. The plan will be finalized and considered for adoption, likely in spring 2016, by three governing boards:

  1. Wake County Board of Commissioners;
  2. GoTriangle Board of Trustees; and
  3. Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) Executive Committee.

Upon adoption, Wake County Commissioners will take the necessary actions to place the half-cent sales tax authorization on the Nov. 8, 2016, ballot for voter approval.

Are you accepting public comments on the plan?
Yes! You are welcome to share your thoughts on the plan by filling out a comment card at any Wake Transit event, or you can email your feedback to waketransit@wakegov.com. We will accept input until the spring, when the boards are expected to formally adopt the plan.

How can I learn more?
Read the plan here.