The Raleigh City Council agreed Tuesday to chip in $50,000 toward hiring a consultant to update the Wake County Transit Plan.
Wake County and Cary government will also pitch in for the consultant, who will propose tweaks to the county’s transit plan by next March. The goal is to prepare for a possible half-cent sales tax referendum to fund expanded transit.
“We as a city have continued to emphasize the need for us to take action on transit-related issues,” City Councilman Wayne Maiorano said. “The county has stepped forth with a process to do that. I think we should embrace it, and we should move forward as the partners that we are.”
But while the entire council voted for the consultant funding, some voiced skepticism about the county’s commitment to transit. “I appreciate Councilman Maiorano’s great trust in the county commissioners to move transit forward expeditiously, but it has not historically been the case,” Councilman Russ Stephenson said.
Stephenson added that the city should be involved in the transit planning process to make sure the consultant’s recommendations reflect Raleigh’s goals. “I don’t want to get the final product and just vote on it,” he said.