The feedback that transit planners have been accumulating through public meetings and an online survey will be used to create a policy on setting project priorities, to draft new bus routes and to develop timelines for building more infrastructure.

Planners expect to draft policies, routes and timelines by the end of the year and to give the public another opportunity to weigh in on the plans early next year.

Specifically, planners are looking to prioritize new projects to be implemented in fiscal year 2019, which starts July 1, 2018, and to identify service and capital projects that can help build a better countywide transit network. They also are starting to study how best to connect bus services to the proposed bus rapid transit and commuter rail projects.

“When we come back to the public for feedback in the springtime, we will be proposing specific routings and timing for new services,” said Jenny Green, a GoTriangle planner in charge of the Wake Transit Bus Plan. “We hope people will check in then for more details on how the routes are proposed to be structured and when they are proposed to be implemented.”

Once residents have weighed in again on the proposals, transit planners will pull it all together into a transit work plan for fiscal year 2019, making sure that it is fair and affordable, and take it to local governments and boards for approval.

Planners hope to start expanding service in fall 2018. Because Wake County voters approved a half-cent sales tax dedicated to transit in November 2016, bus service already was improved in August. The new service will be a continuation of that expansion, all part of the 10-year Wake County Transit Plan.