The Commuter Rail Transit project, as originally included in the Wake and Durham county transit plans, would run 37 miles from Garner to downtown Raleigh, N.C. State, Cary, Morrisville and the Research Triangle Park continuing to downtown Durham. The current plan calls for:
- Evaluating up to eight trips in each direction during peak hours with 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.
A number of regional partners have asked that the project be expanded, so an additional study now underway will assess the feasibility of also including Johnston County/Selma and Orange County/Mebane on the commuter rail line. The study, expected to be completed in late 2019, will provide more detail on possible timelines, costs and rider projections for the original project and for any proposed expansions. Results and additional information will be posted on the website and shared with the community in a variety of ways as it becomes available.
The commuter rail project will incorporate significant community engagement and public input as it moves forward into any additional stages, which could include leveraging local transit funding sources with available federal and state funds.