Two (2) amendment requests of the Wake Transit Work Plan opened for a 30-day Community Review & Public Comment period on Friday, December 8, 2023. Community members are eligible and encouraged to review and submit their relevant comments for the public record by the closing deadline of Friday, January 5, 2024.
Both Wake Transit Work Plan amendment requests were submitted for consideration as part of the FY2024 Quarter 3 amendment cycle. Per the Wake Transit Amendment Policy, both amendment requests are classified as “major,” having an impact on the Wake Transit financial model and/or requiring a project scope modification.
One (1) amendment request is an operating budget request, and the other one (1) is a capital budget request. Wake Transit partners, members of the community, transit stakeholders, and other interested parties are encouraged to review the FY2024 Q3 Wake Transit Amendment Request Review Packet at the link below. The packet includes detailed information about each request. Relevant comments are accepted online at the link below.
According to recent U.S. Census Bureau estimates, about 8.2 million people moved between states during 2022, which was a 3.6% increase over the previous year. A steady stream of newcomers from other states and nations has solidified Wake County and the Greater Triangle Region as a top destination for relocations of people and their vehicles. This growth has magnified the area’s need for transit service improvements and infrastructure investments that result in a system that is safe, accessible, and adds to the quality of life of all residents.
Yet, the continued development of public transit systems toward this end also raises awareness of the vital need to implement improvements that not only provide a variety of transit options but are also in sync with local communities, the environment, and the economy. One solution being developed with the assistance of the Wake Transit Plan is Wake Bus Rapid Transit (BRT).
BRT is a high-capacity bus-based transit system that delivers fast and efficient service that may include dedicated lanes, busways, traffic signal priority, off board fare collection, elevated platforms, and enhanced stations, according to the City of Raleigh. A groundbreaking ceremony for the Wake BRT: New Bern Avenue Corridor was held on November 7, 2023. It celebrated the beginning of construction on Wake BRT’s first corridor. The event also showcased Wake BRT’s first bus.
Featured speakers at the groundbreaking included Raleigh Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin, Wake County Commission Chair Shinica Thomas, NCDOT Secretary Joey Hopkins, and other elected officials, transit representatives, and community leaders. Baldwin, who also serves as Vice Chair of GoTriangle’s Board of Trustees, praised the vision and progress of Wake BRT, pointing out that it will be the first such system in North Carolina. Thomas echoed the sentiment expressed by the mayor, as did Hopkins who added that Wake BRT “fits our vision for a project that is equitable, safe, and reliable.”
There is still time for residents to participate in one of several remaining community engagement events scheduled for the Wake BRT: Western Corridor, Wake BRT: Southern Corridor, and Wake BRT: Western Corridor, which each originate in downtown Raleigh. For more details about these events, visit: https://raleighnc.gov/transportation/services/what-brt-bus-rapid-transit/brt-project-connect-five-weeks-engage
For the latest Wake BRT information, visit: https://raleighnc.gov/transportation/services/what-bus-rapid-transit-brt
For a general calendar of transit and other Raleigh events, visit https://raleighnc.gov/events
Visit the GOFORWARD Website to submit comments: goforwardnc.org/getinvolvedwake
The opportunity to participate in the Public Comment Period for two Wake Bus Plan items is available through November 20, 2023. They were first made available for public input on November 6, 2023. The Wake Transit community is invited to review and comment on both documents throughout the public input period:
- Wake Bus Plan ADA Funding Policy Draft
- Wake Bus Plan Service Standards and Performance Guidelines Draft
The Wake Bus Plan ADA Funding Policy is a technical memorandum designed to establish a transparent and efficient process for budgeting and reimbursing the costs of complimentary ADA paratransit services related to the expansion and growth of Wake Transit Plan-funded, fixed-route transit investments. These services are required by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The Wake Bus Plan Service Standards and Performance Guidelines establish a framework and rationale for operation and investment in transit services in Wake County. Design guidelines help ensure that similar types of service are being implemented the same way across the county.
The Wake Transit community and the general public are invited to review these two items and provide relevant comments. There are several ways to submit input. More information is available by visiting: http://goforwardnc.org/getinvolvedwake