What is the Wake Transit Plan?

By RCH | Feb 8, 2024

The Wake Transit Plan is a funding and investment program designed to implement the goals that guide the improvement and expansion of public transportation in Wake County. Voters approved a half-cent sales tax in 2016 dedicated to investments in public transit. The investments of Wake Transit Plan funds are guided by the Four Big Moves:

  1. Connect Regionally
  2. Connect All Wake County Communities
  3. Invest in Frequent, Reliable Urban Mobility
  4. Enhance Access to Transit

To accomplish the Wake Transit Plan’s Four Big Moves, GoTriangle and the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) are assigned to work as lead agencies. The Wake Transit Plan serves as the foundational document for the program. It is developed by the two lead agencies with extensive participation from Wake Transit Plan partners, members of the community, and key stakeholders. The Wake Transit Plan sets system goals and investment priorities for enhancing the transit system in Wake County over a 10-year period. To remain current, the Wake Transit Plan is updated every four years. The Wake Transit Plan currently extends through FY 2030. The upcoming Wake Transit Plan Update will extend it through 2035.

An annual budget is adopted for each fiscal year to provide a yearly blueprint for service improvements and capital investments. The budget is known as the Wake Transit Work Plan. The annual Wake Transit Work Plan helps ensure the Wake Transit Plan is effectively and efficiently implemented. The Wake Transit Plan’s annual budget, including revenue estimates and cost assumptions, is published in the Wake Transit Work Plan.

The Work Plan requires public input and the ongoing involvement of key partners. In addition to GoTriangle and CAMPO, the Wake Transit Program depends on input from county residents, community stakeholders, and the following partners:

  • Wake County
  • City of Raleigh
  • Town of Cary
  • Town of Apex
  • Town of Fuquay-Varina
  • Town of Garner
  • Town of Holly Springs
  • Town of Knightdale
  • Town of Morrisville
  • Town of Rolesville
  • Town of Wake Forest
  • Town of Wendell
  • Town of Zebulon
  • North Carolina State University
  • Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina

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Wake Transit Public Engagement Opportunities

By RCH | Jan 30, 2024

The Go Forward Website includes information about current opportunities to participate in surveys, review plans, and submit comments about various projects and programs sponsored, funded, or partially funded through the Wake Transit Program. Click on the following link to view current opportunities to get involved with Wake Transit: https://www.goforwardnc.org/wake-county/get-involved/

Curious about the overall progress of Wake Transit program and project initiatives? Wake Transit is committed to working toward improved and expanded public transportation options and opportunities. Check out the Wake Transit Performance Tracker for progress updates. https://waketransittracker.com/

The Wake Transit Plan is guided by the Four Big Moves, which are designed to accomplish the following:
1) Connect the Region
2) Connect all Wake County Communities
3) Create Frequent, Reliable urban mobility
4) Enhance Access to Transit

What is TPAC?

By RCH | Jan 10, 2024

The Wake County Transit Planning Advisory Committee (TPAC) coordinates the planning and implementation of the Wake Transit Plan. The TPAC serves a structured advisory role to the governing boards that share responsibility for overseeing the Wake Transit Plan: the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization’s (CAMPO) Executive Board; and, the GoTriangle Board of Trustees.

TPAC Subcommittees may help complete tasks in certain topic areas. There are two active subcommittees: 1) Program Development; and, 2) Community Engagement. The subcommittees may finalize draft materials from the lead agencies and workgroups after development or review. They may also vote on whether to send items to the TPAC for further consideration or action. The TPAC also appoints working groups to examine specific topics.

Voting members of the TPAC include: CAMPO, GoTriangle, Wake County, City of Raleigh, Town of Cary, Town of Apex, Town of Fuquay-Varina, Town of Garner, Town of Holly Springs, Town of Knightdale, Town of Morrisville, Town of Rolesville, Town of Wake Forest, Town of Wendell, Town of Zebulon, North Carolina State University, and the Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina.

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