Campaign for Fall Transit Referendum Launches in Wake County

RALEIGH — Business, elected, and community leaders formally launched the “Moving Wake County Forward” campaign today at Shaw University to highlight the broad-based, bipartisan support for the passage of the fall 2016 referendum on funding the Wake County Transit Plan. Over 55 organizations, businesses and education institutions have endorsed the plan and the campaign. 

A dedicated, locally-controlled half-cent sales tax is proposed as the plan’s primary local funding source. Wake County voters will decide on the sales tax at the polls via referendum during the Nov. 8 general election.

Quotes from Moving Wake County Forward campaign co-chairs:

  • “Enhanced transit is critical for creating access to education and opportunity for all the members of our community,” said Tashni-Ann Dubroy, president, Shaw University. “A positive vote in November will enable our community to create dedicated, local funding to implement the approved, bipartisan Wake Transit plan.” 

  •  “With Wake County growing by 64 people per day, the need for new transportation solutions to support commerce in our growing market is clear,” said John Kane, CEO, Kane Realty.  “Employees of all ages are asking for and expecting better public transportation, and the Wake transit referendum lays the groundwork for the future.”

  •  “The Wake Transit Plan will connect every town in our county and triple overall transit service, “ said James Roberson, mayor of Knightdale. “Half of all Wake residents and 70% of jobs will be within a ½ mile of a transit stop under the transit plan.” 

  • “Express bus and rush hour commuter rail can provide a reliable alternative to traffic congestion on I-40 and other freeways that serve our job and town centers,” said Mark Stohlman, mayor of Morrisville. “With a successful referendum, improvements can begin almost immediately, providing more travel options to more people, more quickly.

More information about the Wake County Transit Plan and the upcoming referendum vote can be found at www.MovingWakeForward.com.