Wake County has more than one million residents, and that number grows by an estimated 67 people per day. With them comes congestion. The Wake County Transit Plan gives everyone another way to get around our vibrant community, expands access and opportunities and helps connect more people to jobs, schools and entertainment.
The Wake County Transit Plan includes four “Big Moves” to:
- Connect the region.
- Connect all Wake County communities.
- Create frequent, reliable urban mobility.
- Enhance access to transit.
In order to make these moves possible, the plan will:
- Expand existing frequent bus service from 17 to 83 miles, with service at least every 15 minutes.
- Improve links between colleges and universities, employment centers, medical facilities, dense residential areas, RDU Airport and downtowns.
- Operate routes every 30 or 60 minutes to provide more coverage across the county.
Implement Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)
BRT creates dedicated bus lanes on local roads so bus operators can bypass traffic and keep their routes on schedule. The plan calls for building approximately 20 miles of BRT lanes.
Those lanes will be on portions of New Bern Avenue between Raleigh Boulevard and WakeMed, Capital Boulevard between Peace Street and the Wake Forest Road intersection, South Wilmington Street toward Garner, and Western Boulevard between Raleigh and Cary. Along these corridors, buses also would have priority treatment at traffic signals.
BRT stops will feature raised platforms, making it easier for passengers with wheelchairs, strollers or bicycles to board the bus.
CRT will use existing railroad tracks to provide comfortable passenger service that allows riders to relax or work on their way to key destinations. The line would run 37 miles from Garner to downtown Raleigh, N.C. State University, Cary, Morrisville and the Research Triangle Park continuing to Durham. The plan calls for:
- Providing up to eight trips in each direction during peak hours.
- Running one to two trips each way during midday and evening hours.
- Leveraging the bus network to connect riders with key destinations such as RDU Airport.
Fund Local Service
The Wake County Transit Plan also helps open the door for developing transit services within local communities that currently do not provide transit services by providing matching funds to municipalities that choose to develop and operate local bus service.
Expand Rural On-Demand Service
Many Wake County residents depend on rural, on-demand transit services to get to medical appointments, grocery stores and other necessary destinations. The plan will increase funding to the Transportation and Rural Access (TRACS) demand-response system that serves the elderly and disabled throughout the county.
What is the estimated cost of the plan, and how will we pay for it?
It will cost about $2.3 billion to build and operate the elements of this plan over the first 10 years.
A combination of local, state and federal dollars as well as farebox revenue will be used. The main funding source is the local half-cent sales tax that Wake County voters approved Nov. 8, 2016. Local funding will also include increased vehicle registration fees.
(To view the plan, you will need Acrobat Reader, available here.)