Research Triangle Park, NC (May 11, 2018)— Don’t miss the opportunity to weigh in on the plans for Wake County’s first bus rapid transit corridors and the vastly expanded bus network that will be in place by 2027 thanks to our community investment in transit.
Drop in any time between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. and talk with transit agency representatives at these public meetings:
- May 14, WakeMed Andrews Conference Center, 3024 New Bern Ave, Raleigh.
- May 15, Cary Arts Center (Paul Cooper Room), 101 Dry Ave., Cary.
Or view the plans and take a survey online at publicinput.com/waketransit.
Until now, the bus network plan has been largely conceptual, so this is an opportunity for the community to influence exactly how the routes will roll out over the next several years. On bus rapid transit, residents can help choose routes within parts of the corridors and the locations for their stations.
Representatives from GoTriangle, GoRaleigh and GoCary also will be offering peeks at the plans at several community events through May 20. Those events include:
- May 12: Spring into the Arts Walk in Wendell.
- May 12: Diamante’s Ritmo Latino Festival in Cary.
- May 13: Six Sundays in Wake Forest.
- May 17: Main Street Vision Plan Open House in Rolesville.
- May 17: Knightdale’s Food Truck Thursday.
- May 19: Artsplosure in Raleigh
- May 19: SpringFest in Morrisville
- May 20: Touch-A-Truck Event in Apex.
The meetings are part of a two-phase outreach effort that will include taking feedback on these proposals, revising them and then giving the public another chance to weigh in this summer.
All of the improvements are part of the 10-year Wake Transit Plan, which was put in place after voters in November 2016 approved a half-cent sales tax to invest in transit. Wake’s plan is part of a larger effort to build a strong regional transit network connecting Wake, Orange and Durham counties. Orange and Durham counties also have approved transit-designated money and long-range transit plans in recent years.
In Wake County, four corridors have been identified for bus rapid transit, which includes dedicated bus lanes, priority signaling for buses at intersections, stations instead of stops and easier boarding. Approximately 20 miles of bus rapid transit will link Raleigh to Cary and Garner, operating east from downtown to serve the WakeMed campus area, south from downtown to Garner, west toward Cary and north from downtown to allow buses to bypass congestion as they serve major destinations.
Construction on the first corridor is expected to begin in 2022, with all four routes projected to be up and running by 2027.
Connecting the county and the region
To create the proposals for the expanded bus network, transit planners surveyed and met with members of the public in fall 2017 to collect their ideas and feedback about their priorities.
Bus service improvements include developing a frequent bus network to connect with bus rapid transit and a 37-mile commuter rail line that is planned to run from Garner through Raleigh to Durham by 2028. The frequent bus network, operating daily with at least 15-minute frequencies during peak periods, would grow from 17 to 83 miles by 2027. The plans also call for connecting all Wake communities with at least peak hour service by then.
At the meetings, the public can offer opinions on what should happen first. Planners also will share ideas for investing in capital projects such as new bus shelters, buses and other supporting facilities. Every year, planners will return to residents to ask what they think should happen in the year ahead to meet the bus plan goals outlined in transit plans.
Since Wake County voters approved the transit plan in 2016, among other improvements, GoTriangle has expanded its Route 100, which serves Raleigh-Durham International Airport on its run between Raleigh and the Regional Transit Center in Durham, and Route 300, which runs from the Regional Transit Center to Cary and Raleigh. GoCary has added Sunday service to all six of its routes, and GoRaleigh has added frequency to its most popular routes and expanded Sunday service.
As Wake, Durham and Orange counties go forward together to create a unified regional transit system, plans also call for significant increases in bus connectivity among the counties and a light-rail line between Orange and Durham counties that connects to the commuter rail between Durham and Wake.