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

Take our survey, drop by meetings to help shape next transit steps

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