Wake’s Transit Plan & Health in Wake County
What does public transit have to do with health? Beyond shaping growth, driving job creation and economic development, transit fosters more walkable/bikeable communities. In fact, studies show that people who use transit walk more, and many lose weight. That is what happened to regular riders of Charlotte’s LYNX light rail line. People who take public transit take 30% more steps per day than people who rely on cars (www.activelivingresearch.org).
Forces are aligning to expand and improve public transit in Wake County. Wake County is working with key stakeholders – including RTP, NCSU, local municipalities, civic and business groups, and Triangle Transit – to envision what a transit system here should look like.
Citizens are encouraged to learn more at www.waketransit.com and provide input by March 22 via this survey. (Survey input deadline was extended from March 5 to March 22.)
The next step will be development of different scenarios for transit that residents then will be able to comment on. Once a plan is finalized, it will go to a vote by the Wake County Board of Commissioners, and then there may be a transit funding referendum in 2016. Stay informed by adding your name to the Capital Area Friends of Transit (www.capitalareafriendsoftransit.org).