Many in the town were not pleased with the new Wake County Transit options last week.
And the town council will hold a roundtable discussion with area professionals who have knowledge of transit plans at Tuesday night’s town council work session.
The plans are designed to help people think about the options.
Town residents got their first peek at the four new options for the county two weeks ago. Town Council member Gra Singleton was one of those residents not pleased with the new options laid out.
The new options are not final but they were much different from the initial plans, which had a commuter rail going through Garner. Now it’s not an option.
“I was just disappointed to see that,” Singleton said, two weeks ago. “Just disappointed.
Amaka Flynn, a Garner resident who works for DHHS, said the same. She said not having a commuter rail in Garner could stymie the growth of the town, putting them behind other municipalities like Cary and Raleigh, who do have commuter rails as an option going through their cities.
Tim Gardiner, a Wake County transportation planner, said the reason a commuter rail through Garner was eliminated as an option is because it was starting to get more expensive.
He said more infrastructure would have been needed and by doing that it would shrink the network it could potentially reach in the county.
Many residents around the county have said they want transit to reach more areas in the county and at a faster pace.
Gardiner said the county may have the money after the first 10 years.
The four new options provide two ways to utilize each transit technology; one scenario is a ridership option and one is a coverage option. The ridership options focus on attracting more customers with more frequency in a centralized area. The coverage options emphasize providing opportunities for people to access transit at many points in the community.
For Garner specifically, there are two options. One option, is that a bus would loop around the town and pick up more people but would run every hour. The second option is a linear route, which would come every 30 minutes but have fewer stops. Residents of Garner who want to ride the bus may have to walk longer distances to catch it, or even drive their car to a nearby parking lot.
Elected officials will get a chance to ask questions to transit leaders.
Read last week’s story here: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/community/garner-cleveland-record/article21092664.html#storylink=cpy