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November 19
Wake County Begins Quest for New Transit Vision

Wake County launched its quest for a new transit plan December 8 with a public meeting at the Raleigh Convention Center.

Transit consultants Jarrett Walker and Kimley-Horn presented their work plan for achieving a new vision for transit in Wake County. The approach included two major initiatives – public outreach and public education about transit system design, and the trade-offs to be made when investing in transit.

The process produced two scenarios that were presented to the public for their evaluation and appreciation of the possible transit opportunities for our community. The finished plan will be evaluated by Wake County, Triangle Transit and the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO), which includes representatives from every municipality in Wake County. The process is estimated to take seven months.

This plan is being funded jointly by Wake County, Triangle Transit, CAMPO, the City of Raleigh, the Town of Cary, Research Triangle Foundation, North Carolina State University and Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

What Will the New Vision Include?
Mr. Walker and Kimley-Horn are being tasked to work with the residents of Wake County to develop new and enhanced transit/bus services for our community. This will include identifying major travel corridors for further study and investment and information about a decision-making structure that will guide future transit investments. Also part of the process is imparting to the general public an understanding of how the choices we make now will lead to our transit solution.

Importance of Public Participation
Every resident of Wake County is encouraged to participate in this planning process. Participate in surveys, read the blog and receive constant updates on the process by signing-up at WakeTransit.com. Follow along on Twitter @waketransit. Share your interests and concerns with elected officials and staff, and attend public meetings and workshops, which began with the December 8 launch.

Primary contacts for the area agencies and governments supporting the transit initiative include:

  • Sarah Williamson-Baker, Wake County, 919-856-7532
  • Jayne Kirkpatrick, City of Raleigh, 919-996-3100
  • Damien Graham, Triangle Transit, 919-485-7413
  • Shelby Powell, CAMPO, 919-996-4393
  • Julie Terry, Research Triangle Park, 919-564-5206 (cell)
  • Mindy Hamlin, Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority, 919-840-7707
  • Christine Klein, NC State, 919-515-1469
  • Susan Moran, Town of Cary, 919-380-4240





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