New study outlines the future of Wake County transit
Posted January 23, 2015
Updated December 8, 2015
Raleigh, N.C. — A revamped transit system could be in the works for Wake County, according to a study released Friday.
The study, dubbed Wake County Transit Choices, is being called the first step in a strategic plan for the future.
"Our approach is to talk with the public, engage them and find out what is the best solution for our area," said Wake Planning Director Tim Maloney.
The study, among other things, looks at population growth and areas that could be served, officials said.
"Shorter bus rides, more punctual bus rides, metro rail would be nice," said Triangle resident Patrick Lineberry.
According to Wake County authorities, the new study sets the foundation for a vision that could include commuter trains.
"Once we have that vision, then we need to talk to the community about how we are going to gain the resources to accomplish that," Maloney said. "One of those elements is a potential half cents sales tax referendum that would go to the voters."
The increased sales tax could generate $60 to $70 million per year, Maloney said.
Authorities said a final transit proposal could be ready by the fall.