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.
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.
At the meetings, residents also can learn more about plans for a bus rapid transit system that will designate bus-only lanes on highly traveled roads and for a commuter rail (train) line extending from Garner to Durham. Their input will also help planners identify neighborhoods and communities that might currently be underserved by transit.
The meetings, all from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted, will be:
- Wednesday, Oct. 25: John Chavis Community Center, 505 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Raleigh
- Thursday, Oct. 26: Carolina Pines Community Center, 2305 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh
- Monday, Oct. 30: Tarboro Road Community Center, 121 N. Tarboro St., Raleigh
- Wednesday, Nov. 1: Wake County Northern Regional Center, 350 E. Holding Ave., Wake Forest
- Thursday, Nov. 2: Laurel Hills Community Center, 3808 Edwards Mill Road, Raleigh
- Monday, Nov. 6: Wake County Eastern Regional Center, 1002 Dogwood Drive, Zebulon
- Wednesday, Nov. 8: Wake County Southern Regional Center, 130 N. Judd Parkway NE, Fuquay-Varina
- Thursday, Nov. 9: Green Road Community Center, 4201 Green Road, Raleigh
- Tuesday, Nov. 14: Cary Senior Center, 120 Maury O’Dell Place, Cary
- Thursday, Nov. 16, from 1 to 3 p.m.: Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave., Cary
Representatives from Wake County, the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, GoTriangle, the City of Raleigh, the Town of Cary, N.C. State University and the Research Triangle Foundation have worked together on the Wake County Transit Plan, which has four primary goals, or “Big Moves,” over the next 10 years to:
- Connect the region.
- Connect all Wake County communities.
- Create frequent, reliable urban mobility.
- Enhance access to transit.