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New study outlines the future of Wake County transit

Posted January 23, 2015
Updated December 8, 2015

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— 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.


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  • Bill Brasky Jan 24, 2015

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    Imagine how much more we will bulldoze if we waited.

  • Bill Brasky Jan 24, 2015

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    That would be silly to prepare us for the projected future growth of Raleigh's downtown area. In regards to light rail riders only paying for 17% of the cost, I must ask how much do you pay to drive city roads everyday? Zero...ok then.

  • Todd Jenkins Jan 24, 2015
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    Yep…Taxes…New Democratic Board...

  • jmcdow2792 Jan 24, 2015

    Increase the park and ride bus system from the outlying areas to downtown and the RTP area.

  • niall Jan 24, 2015

    I prefer my toy trains in N-gauge, thanks.

  • Tom Boswell Jan 24, 2015
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    Improved roads yes but light rail would be a joke. Where would it go to the metropolis called downtown Raleigh or the spread out RTP. With the eighth highest gas tax in the country I do not know why we need to be discussing tax increases.

  • Paul Donovan Jan 24, 2015
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    Wake County and particularly Raleigh has had Charlotte envy since they got light rail. The federal government turned down the requests for money to build this and they said it was not feasible in this area. However, the voters voted in n all Democratic County Commissioners and they are already proposing tax increases for this boondoggle. Hold onto your wallets, this is the first of many with this crew in there.

  • randymadry Jan 24, 2015

    hundreds of millions of dollars is if the study is so biased it ignores reality.

  • randymadry Jan 24, 2015

    A Raleigh Trolley would be fine with me if the riders pay for it. If it is going to soak the taxpayers like the boondoggle in Charlotte on which the riders only pay 17% of the cost, forget it.

    The last study said that metro rail would add to the congestion, would increase commuter time, and won't work here because we don't have anything close to the density required to make one work. Unless these dreamers can conjure up more density, the only way this proposed study will encourage that we spend hundre

  • 68_dodge_polara Jan 24, 2015

    Realize how much of the city would have to be bulldozed for commuter trains. Do it once and do it right with an actual subway system or not at all.