Wake County

GoTriangle board OKs Wake Transit Plan

Wake County commissioners and two other boards are expected to approve the $2.3 billion Wake Transit Plan this spring. It includes a 37-mile commuter rail line and new bus routes to outlying towns. Voters could see a referendum on a half-cent local sales tax on November’s ballot. Residents saw a Gillig BRT Plus bus in December, which is under consideration for use in the Triangle.
Wake County commissioners and two other boards are expected to approve the $2.3 billion Wake Transit Plan this spring. It includes a 37-mile commuter rail line and new bus routes to outlying towns. Voters could see a referendum on a half-cent local sales tax on November’s ballot. Residents saw a Gillig BRT Plus bus in December, which is under consideration for use in the Triangle. cseward@newsobserver.com

Wake County’s plan for $2.3 billion in transit investments was approved Wednesday in a unanimous vote by the GoTriangle Board of Trustees, the second of three boards whose endorsements are needed under state law.

CAMPO, a Raleigh area transportation planning board, gave its OK last week. The Wake County commissioners are expected on June 6 to approve the Wake Transit Plan. That will lead to a countywide referendum in November, with Wake voters asked to approve the plan and a half-cent increase in the local sales tax that would help pay for it.

GoTriangle is a three-county bus service and transit planning agency. The Wake plan would expand bus routes into rural areas, offer service more frequently and for longer hours of the day, and build 20 miles of bus rapid transit service on busy urban routes. County leaders also would set aside funds to plan and build commuter train service between Durham and Garner.

Bruce Siceloff: 919-829-4527, @Road_Worrier

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