About the Wake Transit Plan
The first Wake Transit Plan was adopted in 2016. It spans a 10-year planning period from fiscal year (FY) 2018 to 2027. Developed with extensive participation of the community, the plan sets transit goals and investments priorities for Wake County. The plan is scheduled to be updated every 4 years. The first update will occur in 2020 which will extend the planning horizon out through FY2030.
The Wake Transit program is funded through a combination of local, state and federal dollars as we as fare box collections. The primary revenue source is a transit-dedicated, half-percent sales tax approved by voters on November 8, 2016. The 10-year plan provides guidance on the types of projects that the community expects to be funded in order to reach the long-term goals of the program. The annual work plan, on the other hand, lists the specific projects that are scheduled to receive Wake Transit funding in the next fiscal year, and throughout the 10-year planning period.
Wake County has more than a million residents, and that number grows by more than 60 people per day. With them comes congestion. The Wake Transit Plan expands access and opportunities and helps connect more people to jobs, schools, entertainment.
The Wake County Transit Planning Advisory Committee (TPAC) makes a recommendation to the Wake Transit governing boards: the CAMPO Executive Board and the GoTriangle Board of Trustees, to adopt an annual Wake Transit Work Plan.
The Work Plan includes three core elements.
1) The transit operating and capital improvement budgets scheduled to be implemented in the next fiscal year, which runs from July 1 through June 30;
2) A summary of updates made to the financial assumptions used for forecasting revenues and expenditures to support the implementation of current and future projects;
3) Detailed scope and financial information for planned transit investments through FY 2027, which is the current planning horizon of the Wake Transit Plan.
The draft version of the next fiscal year’s Work Plan is developed through the fall months and is typically released for public comment in the January and February timeframe. Feedback from partners and the community are compiled and the draft plan is revised to create a recommended version. A second 30-day public comment period is held in the May and June timeframe, prior to the governing boards considering adoption of the recommended Work Plan.
PREVIOUS WORK PLANS
The Wake Transit Plan includes four “Big Moves” to:
all Wake County communities
frequent, reliable urban mobility
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.