Wake Transit Plan

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Wake County Transit Plan

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Following local approval of a Triangle regional vision for expanded and improved bus and rail service and completion of an “alternatives analysis” review of transit routes, Wake, Durham and Orange Counties each developed county plans. Wake County worked with Triangle Transit and local Wake municipalities to develop a proposal for expanding and improving public transit in Wake that also connects regionally to Durham and Orange Counties. This proposal was presented to the Wake Board of Commissioners in November 2011, but has not been acted upon because of the refusal of the Board leadership to allow a formal review of the plan. In 2014, the County along with Triangle Transit, CAMPO, and Raleigh and Cary’s bus systems are expected to take a fresh look at the plan and update it. Hopefully the proposal will eventually be approved by the County Commission, then placed on the ballot for voter approval. Earliest likely date for a referendum would be October 2015.

Wake County is Behind other Counties

Durham and Orange County leaders and voters have already taken decisive action to advance bus and rail transit in their counties. In 2011, Durham voters approved a half-cent sales tax ballot, followed by Orange County approval in 2012. Meanwhile, Wake has taken no action, and is perhaps being left behind.

What’s in the Wake Draft Transit Plan?

The Wake County Transit Plan proposed in 2011 would be implemented over two phases. Phase I could be paid for entirely with a local ½ sales tax and increased vehicle registration fee. Phase II would require federal and state funding as well:

Phase I: Core Transit Plan (paid for with a half cent sales tax, vehicle registration fee and existing taxes)

Expand and Improve Bus Service 

  • Doubling of bus service to 322,000 hours annually
  • Implemented first 2-5 years
  • Expand bus routes and increase frequency of buses to 15 minutes during peak hours
  • Add bus shelters and benches
  • Connect all Wake municipalities to Raleigh, job centers, universities, airport
  • Costs approximately $138.3 million – to be paid for with local ½ sales tax and vehicle registration fee

Commuter Rail Service

  • Provides rush-hour rail between Durham-RTP-Cary-Raleigh-Garner-Greenfield Pkwy.
  • Trains to run every 30 min. during peak hours and every 60 min. off-peak
  • 12 stations, with 9 stations in Wake County, some with park and ride lots
  • Implemented by 2019 or 2020
  • Costs approximately $330 million - to be paid for with local ½ sales tax and vehicle registration fee


Phase II: Enhanced Transit Plan

Light Rail Service

  • Electric trains on new track
  • Runs 13.9 miles from downtown Cary, through downtown Raleigh, and up to Millbrook Rd.; eventually expanding to NW Cary/Morrisville and up to Triangle Town Center
  • Trains every 10 min. during peak and 20 min. off-peak
  • 16 stations, with some over-lapping with commuter rail stations
  • Coordinates with local bus service
  • Links neighborhoods to provide intra-city travel and new transit-oriented development
  • Implemented by 2022
  • Costs $1.1 billion for construction, $14 million for operation
  • Requires federal and state funding as well as local revenue.

Paying for the Plan
In order for these advances to go into effect, multiple revenue sources must be acquired.  The Core Plan can be funded locally, but the Enhanced Plan depends on 25% state and 50% federal funding. The local funds will be drawn from two sources. The first is a half-cent sales tax referendum that county officials must agree to put on the ballot, and voters must vote for the referendum to be enacted.  This half-cent sales tax would generate at least $53 million annual in revenue. In addition, the plan will be supplemented by a $10 increase in vehicle registration fees.  To see how much your individual contribution would be, click on this link.

Next Steps for the Plan
Wake County staff and Triangle Transit will continue to work with the municipalities in order to agree upon established parameters for the plan.  The County Commission has requested Inter-local Agreements approved by the twelve municipalities in Wake County before approving the plan county-wide.  Next, the county commissioners will hold a public hearing and then consider the plan in the spring of 2012.  Finally, they must decide whether or not to put the sales tax referendum on the November 6, 2012 ballot.  In order for these elected officials to put the referendum on the ballot, they need to know that the public supports the plan.  Let your local leaders know that transit is important to Wake County!


Regional Vision Map

 


Connecting the County

 

Expanded Bus Service in Western Wake County
Western Wake, including Cary, Morrisville, Holly Springs, and other towns will receive expanded, more frequent bus service if regional transit plan funding is successfully approved.  Click here to learn more about expanded bus service.

 

Expanded Bus Service in Eastern Wake County

Eastern Wake, including Wake Forest, Knightdale, Garner, Raleigh, and other towns and cities will receive expanded, more frequent bus service if regional transit plan funding is successfully approved.  Click here to learn more about expanded bus service.

 

 

Durham/Wake County Commuter Rail Corridor

The Durham/Wake County Corridor could be served by commuter rail along the existing NCRR corridor from Durham through RTP and Downtown Raleigh toward the Wake-Johnston County line.  Click here to view more detailed maps, stations, and to learn more about the Durham/Wake commuter rail corridor.
 

 

 


Wake County Light Rail Corridor
The Wake County light rail corridor begins in NW Cary and follows the existing North Carolina Railroad (NCRR) corridor to Downtown Raleigh where it turns northward, continuing on the CSX corridor to near Triangle Town Center. The Wake County Corridor could also include future extensions from Triangle Town Center to Wake Forest, from Downtown Cary to Apex, and from NW Cary to Research Triangle Park.Click here to view more detailed maps, stations, and to learn more about the Wake County light rail corridor. 

 

Wake County Light Rail Corridor
The Wake County light rail corridor begins in NW Cary and follows the existing North Carolina Railroad (NCRR) corridor to Downtown Raleigh where it turns northward, continuing on the CSX corridor to near Triangle Town Center. The Wake County Corridor could also include future extensions from Triangle Town Center to Wake Forest, from Downtown Cary to Apex, and from NW Cary to Research Triangle Park.Click here to view more detailed maps, stations, and to learn more about the Wake County light rail corridor.

 

The Wake County light rail corridor begins in NW Cary and follows the existing North Carolina Railroad (NCRR) corridor to Downtown Raleigh where it turns northward, continuing on the CSX corridor to near Triangle Town Center. The Wake County Corridor could also include future extensions from Triangle Town Center to Wake Forest, from Downtown Cary to Apex, and from NW Cary to Research Triangle Park.  Click here http://www.ourtransitfuture.com/index.php/get-involved/public-workshop-materials/ to view more detailed maps, stations, and to learn more about the Wake County light rail corridor.