About the Wake Transit Plans and Annual Work Plans

Wake County has more than a million residents, and that number grows by the day. The Wake Transit Program helps connect more people to jobs, schools and entertainment while expanding access and opportunities.

The CAMPO Executive Board and the GoTriangle Board of Trustees govern the Wake Transit Program. The Wake County Transit Planning Advisory Committee makes a recommendations to the Wake Transit governing boards for adoption of all major Wake Transit planning documents.

The first Wake Transit Plan was adopted in 2016 and spanned a 10-year planning period from fiscal year 2018 to 2027. Scheduled to be updated every four years, the plan was extended in 2021 through 2030.

The new FY2021-2030 Wake Transit Plan was developed with extensive participation of community members, who confirmed that Wake Transit’s overarching goals should remain the four “Big Moves” that collectively connect the region across county lines, link Wake County communities to the transit network, provide frequent and reliable urban mobility to the densifying areas of the county; and enhance access to transit across Wake County.

The Wake Transit Program is funded through a combination of local, state and federal dollars as well as fare box collections. The primary revenue source is a transit-dedicated, half-percent sales tax approved by voters Nov. 8, 2016.

The new 10-year plan provides guidance on the types of projects that the community can expect to be funded through 2030 in order to reach the program’s long-term goals.

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The Annual Wake Transit Work Plan lists the specific projects scheduled to receive Wake Transit funding in the next fiscal year.

The work plan includes three core elements:

  • The transit operating and capital improvement budgets scheduled to be implemented in the next fiscal year, which runs from July 1 through June 30.
  • A summary of updates made to the financial assumptions used for forecasting revenues and expenditures to support the implementation of current and future projects.
  • Detailed scope and financial information for planned transit investments through FY 2030, which is the current planning horizon of the Wake Transit Plan.

A draft version of the next fiscal year’s work plan is developed throughout the fall and is typically released for public comment in January or February. Feedback from partners and the community is compiled, and the draft plan is revised to create a recommended version. A second 30-day public comment period is held in May or June before the governing boards consider adopting the recommended work plan before the new fiscal year starts July 1.

 

FY2021-2030 Wake Transit Plan  Adopted FY2022 Work Plan

 

FY2021 – 2030 Wake Transit Plan APPENDICES

 PREVIOUS WORK PLANS

The Wake Transit Plan includes four “Big Moves” to:

  • 1
    CONNECT

    the region

  • 2
    CONNECT

    all Wake County communities

  • 3
    CREATE

    frequent, reliable urban mobility

  • 4
    ENHANCE

    access to transit

In order to make these moves possible, the plan will:

  • Increase bus service

    • 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 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.

  • Implement commuter rail transit

    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 Transit Plan also helps open the transit door for municipalities that currently don’t have service by allowing them to apply for matching funds 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 those living with disabilities throughout the county.