FEB. 22, 2021 – Wake Transit engagement staff members are inviting the community to offer feedback on three important transit items.
The 10-year Wake Transit Plan is being updated, and the draft is ready for public review and comment. At the same time, the draft FY2022 Wake Transit Work Plan, which outlines what will be spent in the next fiscal year to accomplish the long-range goals of the Wake Transit Plan, and a proposed update to the Community Engagement Policy that guides how transit partners communicate with the public about transit activities also are available for review.
Here is a look at the three items available for comment at goforwardnc.org/wakeinput:
- WAKE TRANSIT PLAN UPDATE
The Wake Transit Plan outlines the long-term vision for public transportation investment in Wake County. Community input received during the 18-month update process confirmed that connecting all Wake County communities, connecting the region, creating frequent and reliable urban mobility and enhancing access to transit – “The Four Big Moves” outlined in the plan – will remain the program’s goals moving forward. The update extends the planning period from 2027 through 2030.
The 40-day public review and comment period for the Wake Transit Plan update will be open from Feb. 19 to March 31. A public hearing is scheduled for 4 p.m. March 17. Find more information here.
- FISCAL YEAR 2022 WORK PLAN
Each winter, transit partners put together and approve a work plan that outlines the service improvements and infrastructure investments that will be funded in the next fiscal year (July-June). The draft FY2022 Wake Transit Work Plan is available for a 30-day public review and comment period from Feb. 19 to March 21.
Comments received on the draft plan will be collected and considered by the planning team. A recommended plan will be made available for additional community input in April prior to its adoption in June.
The draft FY2022 work plan calls for spending more than $75 million on bus infrastructure, which includes transfer points, transit centers, park-and-ride lots, bus stop improvements, bus maintenance facilities, sidewalk access and advanced technology.
GoRaleigh, GoCary and GoTriangle receive money from Wake Transit, and the three agencies work together to create a regional fixed-route transit network.
Fiscal year 2022 highlights for GoRaleigh include:
- $17.8 million to design and build a Paratransit Operations and Maintenance Facility that would accommodate both GoRaleigh Access and GoWake Access operations.
- $3.2 million toward building the East Raleigh Transit Center near New Bern Avenue and $133,200 to design and acquire land for two other transfer facilities. Transit centers are at minimum sheltered waiting areas located where several bus routes converge.
- $2 million to improve bus stops. Bus stop amenities can include concrete pads, benches, shelters, signs, access ramps and sidewalk improvements.
- $647,000 to update transit centers at Crabtree Valley Mall and Triangle Town Center.
Highlights for GoCary include:
- $35 million to begin building a GoCary Regional Bus Operations and Maintenance Facility.
- $1.6 million to improve bus stops.
Highlights for GoTriangle include:
- $6 million to buy land to relocate and design a new Regional Transit Center.
- $3.3 million to design and buy land for new park-and-ride lots near Interstate 440 and Interstate 540.
- $1 million to improve bus stops.
- $343,000 to renovate and enhance several existing park-and-ride lots.
- $333,000 toward design, land acquisition and construction of a Downtown Apex transfer point.
The draft FY2022 Wake Transit Work Plan also includes $12.8 million to buy 21 new vehicles for GoRaleigh: 12 buses to replace older diesel vehicles, five buses to increase service and four paratransit vehicles. The new buses will be fueled by compressed natural gas.
The Wake Transit Plan includes the development of four bus rapid transit corridors. In FY2022, the City of Raleigh would get $12 million to advance the design of the Western Corridor Project. Planning for the other three corridors will continue.
Work also continues on the Greater Triangle Commuter Rail feasibility study, which was funded in the FY2020 work plan. The study, which will further outline the possibility for a regional commuter rail service between Durham and Garner, is expected to be completed in mid-FY2022. For more information on the commuter rail project, visit goforwardnc.org/commuterrail/.
Find a link to a PDF of the draft work plan here.
- WAKE TRANSIT COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT POLICY
One of the priorities of the Wake Transit program is that all Wake County community members have meaningful opportunity to participate in the planning and programming decision-making process through continuous, cooperative and comprehensive engagement.
As part of the regular program performance review process, staff saw opportunities to update the policy to reflect current best practices, to offer clearer guidance to partners and to establish a set of standards that align well with the many activities of Wake Transit. The draft policy update is available for a 45-day public review period from Feb. 19 to April 5.
Please find more information about the engagement policy here.