TWC News - In Depth: Transit Plan on November Ballot

RALEIGH -- The Triangle area continues to grow by leaps and bounds, and in Wake County alone, it's estimated the population increases by 64 people a day. That's almost 450 people a week.

Rapid growth also brings more congested roadways and the current population is expected to double by 2045. But this November, voters will get a chance to grow the transportation options in the Triangle through a proposed plan.

On Nov. 8, Wake County voters will see a referendum on their ballot for a half-cent sales tax that will be dedicated to fund the new Wake Transit Plan. The plan includes tripling existing bus services, building a Bus Rapid Transit System with dedicated bus lanes in four major corridors, and building a 37-mile Commuter Rail Transit line from Garner to Durham. That line would have stops in Raleigh, Cary, Morrisville and the Research Triangle Park.

GoTriangle is also working with Durham and Orange counties to complete their community goal of building the Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project. Construction on the 17 mile light-rail line would create 17 stops from UNC Hospital to Alston Avenue in Durham. And GoTriangle is currently studying the possibility of adding an additional stop at North Carolina Central University.

The line will serve three of the top 10 employers in the state, including Duke University and Medical Center, the University of North Carolina and UNC Healthcare. It will provide direct access to the Durham Veteran’s Affairs Hospital and employers, services, entertainment and local businesses in Durham’s rapidly growing downtown.

Meanwhile, new development around the planned light rail stations is projected to create tens of thousands of new jobs and add $175 million annually in state and local tax revenue.  

But the push to ride share is already underway. Right now, thousands of people in the Triangle are choosing other ways to get to work, school and other places every day without driving alone in a car. GoTriangle also has a Gogether Campaign, providing resources and sharing information with people about the many great travel options available today including bus, carpool, vanpool, biking or walking.  

To learn more about the projects visit the websites listed below:  

-Wake Transit Brochure (Includes maps of proposed service)

-Map of the Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project Line

-Project Flythrough Video: (includes renderings)

-What is the Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project?

The above article appeared on the TWC News on October 20th.  Click here to read more.