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Raleigh breaks ground on new transit operations center

Posted October 29, 2009

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— Raleigh leaders broke ground Thursday on the city's $21 million state-of-the art transit operations center, which is being funded, in part, by federal stimulus money.

The center will sit on 23 acres at Poole Road east of Interstate 440 and will replace Capital Area Transit's 30-year-old operations facility on Blount Street.

Construction is expected to be complete by spring 2011.

The transit operations center will include a 27,400-square-foot, two-story operations administration building and a single-story 56,000-square-foot bus maintenance facility.

It will also accommodate 125 buses and have the ability to expand to an additional 75 buses. The existing facility on Blount Street can handle 50 buses.

City leaders say they hope the project will be an economic boost because of the $11.1 million in stimulus funding. That will allow the project to employ 600 people at any given time.

CAT serves an average of 4 million passengers and covers an average of about 2.5 million miles a year. It has 37 fixed routes and two express routes throughout the city.

Ridership has been on the rise, marking an 11 percent increase over the past year.

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  • manofjustice Oct 30, 12:31 p.m.

    I hope they have enough vision to include rapid rail system.

  • onyourheels2 Oct 29, 4:51 p.m.

    i wonder if they are trying to get those people out of dwntwn, because the dwntwn revitalization is more important.

  • Frank Downtown Oct 29, 3:41 p.m.

    Now, if they can build the new transit center and move all the buses and trains in on area that would be great!! Along with parking so people can park there and take the train/bus to their destination!

  • Lone Voice in the Wilderness Oct 29, 3:33 p.m.

    Instead of dumping money into a light rail system that won't be the panacea that its developers are spinning, it would be great if the following happened:

    01. Buses that ran more than once every 30 minutes in peak times; more than once an hour in off peak hours. How about buses that ran every 20 minutes in peak times, and every 30 minutes in off peak times.

    02. Fewer stops in downtown. Right now, there are 5 stops in Cameron Village, and the bus usually makes a stop in at least 3 of those. Why not centralize all the stops & have people walk a little bit more in the downtown area?

    03. More buses to outlying areas. I work off of Poole Road & New Hope Road. Even if the bus were to drop me off there, I'd walk to my office. But, my guess is that this new facility would be the end of the line.

  • BULLDOZER Oct 29, 2:42 p.m.

    A new garage for a bus system nobody really uses. That's our government for you.

  • coolwill43 Oct 29, 2:15 p.m.

    Spend, spend, spend, This is all the city of Raleigh knows except raise fees.

  • colliedave Oct 29, 2:10 p.m.

    still will have a hosed ineffective bus system