The City of Raleigh and GoRaleigh are offering opportunities this month for residents to hear about and give input into bus rapid transit plans. BRT gives priority to buses on roadways at intersections and through the use of dedicated bus lanes. This makes it possible for bus drivers to bypass traffic and keep their routes on schedule.

The Wake Transit Plan calls for four BRT corridors. The first will be on New Bern Avenue between Raleigh Boulevard and WakeMed. The others will be on Capital Boulevard between Peace Street and the Wake Forest Road intersection, South Wilmington Street toward Garner, and Western Boulevard between Raleigh and Cary.

Bus rapid transit also provides the opportunity to address key issues, including equity, sustainability, housing affordability and pedestrian safety.

On Thursday, June 6, the city is offering residents a chance to discuss these important issues and other topics critical to the future of the city at the Raleigh BRT: Equitable Development Around Transit open house.

When: 4-6:30 p.m.: Open house 1
6:30-7:30 p.m.: Presentation
7:30-8:30 p.m. : Open house 2

Where: Raleigh Convention Center, Ballroom C, 500 South Salisbury St., Raleigh

Free parking is available on the street after 5 p.m. or at Raleigh Municipal Building parking deck (entrance on Morgan Street).

The design of the New Bern Avenue BRT

On Tuesday, June 25, the city is planning an open house to talk about the design of the New Bern Avenue BRT corridor, which would connect the central business district in downtown Raleigh with WakeMed and New Hope Road.

At the drop-in style public meeting, community members will learn about BRT and preliminary design concepts for New Bern Avenue. City of Raleigh staff members will be available to discuss options, answer questions and receive input.

When: 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 25
Where: Martin Street Baptist Church, 1001 E Martin St, Raleigh, NC 27601

Parking is free at Martin Street Baptist Church. Bus riders can take GoRaleigh Routes 17 and 18/18S to get you there. Free transit day passes are available to people attending the open house.

Find more information about bus rapid transit  plans in Wake County here and here