Vote FOR Wake County Transit Plan on Nov. 8
Next month Wake County citizens will have the opportunity to make the new Wake Transit Plan a reality. The November ballot includes a referendum to pay for public transportation expansion. The proposed half-cent salestax would be dedicated to public transit improvements that will cost the average Wake resident less than ten cents a day. (Note that the referendum is at the very END of the ballot.)
Better transit creates jobs and increases economic competitiveness, provides access for older residents and young professionals alike, improves public health and the environment, and helps create vibrant neighborhoods.
Under the plan, more than 50% of homes and 70% of jobs will be within half a mile of a transit stop across the county. The transit plan could take more than one million miles of travel off of our roads every day by offering attractive alternatives to driving.
The 10-year Wake County Transit Plan will:
- Triple bus service in just the first few years, connecting every town in the county. Service will expand to 19 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Build a frequent “Bus Rapid Transit” network in high-traffic areas that will move faster than the flow of traffic. Bus Rapid Transit uses dedicated bus lanes, level boarding platforms, and other enhanced features that speed up and enhance your trip.
- Create a new commuter rail line that will efficiently use pre-existing train tracks to provide passenger train service from Garner to Durham, with stops in Raleigh, NCSU, Cary, Morrisville and RTP. This will enable people to completely avoid daily traffic congestion.
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- Relieve Traffic Congestion/Save Time. Something must be done to address the growing traffic congestion in our region, and building more roads can’t be the only answer. We need more transportation options beyond automobiles. Even if you choose not to ride the bus or the train, others will, which means you’ll spend less time on the road and more time at work or with your family.
- A Stronger Economy. Good transit options are a high priority for young professionals and top employers. To remain competitive and improve access to job opportunities, we must have a modern public transportation system. Plus, the most up-to-date calculations show that for every $1 that taxpayers invest in transit, another $1 will come into the county through federal and state investment, and from tourism revenues. Transit will encourage retail growth across the county, helping revitalize downtowns and spur healthy business development.
- Better Quality of Life. Older and young residents alike will have expanded access to healthcare, education, entertainment, and jobs. Transit helps create walkable and therefore healthier communities that also enjoy better air quality. By linking Wake locations with the entire Triangle region, the Plan will connect people with an even wider array of jobs and amenities. Learn more about the Wake Transit Plan.