Aug. 3, 2020 — With tax collections lower than anticipated because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the anticipated costs of projects increasing, Wake Transit planners need to reschedule planned transit investments through 2030, and they’re asking the public to help confirm what the priorities should be.

 

Wake residents voted in 2016 to invest sales tax money in transit improvements and approved a 10-year transit plan that called for connecting all Wake County communities, connecting the region, creating frequent and reliable urban mobility and enhancing access to transit.

 

Those are still the goals as planners reschedule investments through 2030 to reflect the lower-than-expected tax revenues.

 

Public feedback is an important part of every step in the Wake Transit planning process. From today through Aug. 31, a short public survey will be available here. In addition to helping planners reschedule projects, the responses will be used to identify new projects should money become available.

 

The survey asks questions like whether the bus coming more often or going more places is more important to you and whether you’d prefer more regional service or more service within Wake County’s 12 municipalities.

 

In its first three years, the Wake Transit Plan has led to significant transit system improvements. Highlights include bus routes operating more often and for longer hours, additional bus routes, more weekend service, transit connections for all Wake County communities, ongoing planning for bus rapid transit and commuter rail service, additional and improved bus stops, the purchase of new environmentally friendly vehicles, upgraded technology throughout the system and new programs that allow youth and seniors to ride fare free.

More information about the Wake Transit Plan can be found at goforwardnc.org/wakeinput.