Frequently Asked Questions
- Relieving traffic congestion and improving our quality of life by providing alternatives to driving, and saving time.
- Provide new and better transportation options as Wake County continues to grow.
- Grow the economy by attracting top businesses and professionals to the area.
- Expand access to healthcare, education, jobs, and civic life.
- Improve public health by creating sustainable, walkable, and vibrant communities.
There are many:
- Connects all our communities – Provides transit connections to all Wake County towns.
- Quick results – Enhancements begin almost immediately after the referendum, with bus service increasing to 19 hours per day, 7 days per week.
- Frequent service – Expands our existing 17 miles of frequent (buses every 15 minutes) service to 83 miles to complement existing transit investments.
- Rush-hour relief – More express buses and commuter rail service parallel to I-40 will provide freedom of choice for travelers during rush-hour.
- Broad access – 50% of all homes and 70% of all jobs within 1/2 mile of a transit stop.
- Part of a regional strategy – The plan complements proposed road investments on 540, US 1, US 64, and express lanes, as well as Durham and Orange transit improvements.
- Short-term completion – The entire plan can be implemented within 10 years, meaning faster results while keeping up with new technologies.
Every Wake town and many employment centers will receive new or expanded transit service in a cost-effective and rapid fashion.
- All towns will have new or expanded express bus service, and several communities will have commuter rail access as well. Some towns have no bus service today.
- If a town wants to add service on top of the new services provided through the plan, towns can receive matching funds that will pay for half the cost.
- [Click here to see the full list of benefits broken down by town.]
Many organizations and businesses have endorsed the plan and campaign. [See current list of endorsements.] The plan was developed and approved with bipartisan support from mayors and business leaders across Wake County.
The sales tax would provide a dedicated, locally-controlled funding source to help pay for the approved transit plan and is needed to help secure federal and state funds. The sales tax, which will not apply to food, medicine or housing, will come in part from tourists and other visitors, which decreases the overall portion paid by Wake residents.
The 10-year plan is conservatively projected to cost $2.3 billion. The Wake County portion is around 50% of total costs; the federal portion is about 25%, with the balance coming from debt financing, farebox revenue, and other sources.