Community Investment in a Better Wake County Transit System Begins
We are excited to see that Wake Transit is Moving Forward! On April 1st we will be begin our new community investment, that was approved by Wake voters, towards bettering Wake County’s public transit system. The transit-dedicated half-cent sales tax will be in full effect! Improved bus stops, more park-and-ride options and expanded midday, evening and weekend bus service in Raleigh and Cary and to Raleigh Durham International Airport and Research Triangle Park are some of the updates we can expect to see as early as this Summer, as a result of this new investment. The goal of this investment is to better connect Wake County residents and visitors to work places, schools and health care providers, among other important places. According GoTriangle, over the next 10 years the transit plan promises to make commuting options even more convenient, with a tripling of countywide bus service, an expansion of routes running every 15 minutes or less and new bus rapid transit and commuter rail systems. Accessibility will be enhanced with a transit stop within three-quarters of a mile for 80% of jobs, and 54% of the population.
“The initial investment between 2017 and 2018 will focus on adding service to existing transit routes, upgrading transit stops and, for future expanded service, ordering new buses, which can take nearly two years to arrive. A portion of the new transit-dedicated sales tax also will go toward longer-term projects such as commuter rail and bus rapid transit systems.” –Wake Transit