More bus routes, free fares for teens proposed as next improvements in 10-year Wake Transit Plan

Residents now can comment on the draft work plan for fiscal year 2019.

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(RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, Jan. 23, 2018) – New bus routes for GoCary and GoRaleigh, expanded service for GoTriangle’s popular express routes and free service for riders 18 and younger are just a few of the exciting improvements that voter-approved transit investments could bring to Wake County residents in the fiscal year beginning July 1 and ending June 30, 2019.

Using public surveys and feedback received during fall meetings, transit planners proposed those improvements and others in their FY2019 Draft Work Plan, which is available for public comment through March 12.

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“Getting feedback from the people who are funding this plan is a vital part of the process to enhance and expand our transit system,” said Jessica Holmes, chair of the Wake County Board of Commissioners. “We are excited that the draft work plan includes making transit more accessible to our younger residents by letting them ride free on GoRaleigh, GoCary and GoTriangle buses to school, jobs, museums or wherever they need to go. With this initiative, we hope to cultivate life-long transit users who understand how a strong network improves the entire community.”

The FY2019 Draft Work Plan also incorporates public requests for increased frequency and longer service hours on high-demand routes and for new service to underserved areas. Here are a few of the proposals: Read more

Meet Jenny Green: ‘This is my way to reduce our impact on the planet”

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?”

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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