Wake Voters Approve Bond for Transit Plan
Karen Rindge, WakeUP Wake County
Last week, 53% of Wake County voters approved the Transit Plan referendum on the ballot, and thus approved a one-half percent local sales and use tax referendum to fund the Wake County Transit Plan.
Over the next few months, the GoTriangle Board of Trustees will take the steps necessary to put the sales tax increase into effect in Wake County. It is expected that the additional tax will be collected starting in spring 2017.
Once GoTriangle begins collection of the tax, residents and visitors will start to see parts of the plan implemented, such as increased bus service in certain corridors, increased frequencies on some existing routes and extended bus service hours. Others steps such as implementation of dedicated lanes and stations for bus rapid transit and commuter rail will take place over the middle to later years of the 10-year plan.
About the Plan
From left, Wake County Commissioners James West, John Burns and Matt Calabria celebrating the transit win.
A bi-partisan, diverse coalition of over 75 organizations, businesses and civic leaders — and many volunteers — worked hard to get the bond passed. Many thanks to:
AHA had endorsed the plan because public transportation supports healthier communities. Learn more about the Transit Plan.