The GoTriangle Board of Trustees unanimously voted to approve the Recommended Wake County Transit Plan and to enter into an interlocal agreement with the county and the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO). This is the second of three votes needed to put it on the ballot this fall.
Wake County and CAMPO introduced the plan that will strengthen regional connections across county lines; connect Wake County communities to a more robust transit network; and provide frequent, reliable service to education, healthcare and employment centers.
“We enthusiastically back the Recommended Wake County Transit Plan, an important investment in more transportation choices and better connections for our rapidly growing region,” said GoTriangle Board of Trustees Member Fred Day who represents Wake County. “Through this plan, more frequent bus service will cover larger areas and span longer hours.”
“The Recommended Wake County Transit Plan will expand opportunities and enhance the quality of life throughout our region by making it easier for people to access transit,” said Vice Chair Jennifer Robinson of Cary. “Riders will see rapid bus service along major transportation corridors, and commuter rail that links Garner, Raleigh, NC State University, Cary, Morrisville, the Research Triangle Park and Durham.”
Today’s approval by GoTriangle’s board follows a unanimous vote on May 18 by the Capital Area MPO, following a public hearing with more than 30 speakers providing comments on the plan. Wake County commissioners are expected to discuss and vote on the plan next month. If approved by county commissioners, voters would see a referendum for a one-half cent sales tax to fund transit improvements on the ballot in November.
Wake County’s Transit Strategy is a partnership that includes Wake County, GoTriangle, the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO), the City of Raleigh, the Town of Cary, the Research Triangle Foundation, NC State University and Raleigh-Durham International Airport. The Recommended Wake County Transit Plan is available online at waketransit.com.