What: Making the Connections is a series of stories about the people and processes bringing Wake County’s transit investments to life
Who: Jenny Green
Role: GoTriangle transit service planner currently serving as project manager for the Wake Transit Bus Plan
Degrees: Bachelor’s, computer science and cognitive science, University of Rochester; master’s, city and regional planning, UNC-Chapel Hill
Quote: “Ten years from now, you’re going to have 68 times 365 times 10 more people who are traveling around, and what will your drive be like then?”
Change is the operative word when it comes to Jenny Green. It was the alarming march of climate change that prompted her to change the course of her life in the hope that maybe she could help change the worsening world one transit plan at a time.
A native of Vermont, Green arrived in North Carolina in 2003 when she took a job as a software engineer for IBM. After five years, she started feeling as if she needed to find work that added more meaning to her life.
“It was around 2007 when there was a lot of talk about climate change, and I started to explore how I could contribute to making the world a good place to live,” she says. “That piqued my interest in planning as a tool to promote good growth patterns, which has an effect on fossil-fuel consumption and quality of life.” Read more
Since Wake County voters approved a half-cent sales tax dedicated to transit in November 2016, bus routes have been expanded and frequency increased, more bus shelters are on the drawing board and major corridor studies are underway as part of the 10-year Wake County Transit Plan.
Now it’s time to decide what should happen next, and transit planners are seeking the public’s help in setting priorities.
Is it more important to extend buses to areas of the county that do not have service or to add more frequent service where there is already a high concentration of existing and likely riders?
That’s the sort of input residents can give by dropping by any of 10 upcoming meetings in Raleigh, Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Wake Forest and Zebulon and by taking an online survey at publicinput.com/waketransit. Read more
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 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