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Raleigh City Council moves to ease bus traffic around Moore Square

Posted September 4, 2012

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— Raleigh City Council on Tuesday unanimous approved a plan to ease bus traffic near the Moore Square Transit Station.

The plan would expand a bus zone on Wilmington Street, between Hargett and Martin streets, to prevent buses from backing up along Wilmington Street.

The vote comes after business owners and residents in the Moore Square area met with city leaders last month to discuss problems with loitering, panhandling and bus congestion in the district.

The city said it also will move a stop for the R-Line away from the transit station to an area farther down Wilmington Street, south of Martin Street, to ease congestion.

The city is planning immediate upgrades to Moore Square Transit Station, including better pedestrian access, lighting and safety.

In a few months, the city also will begin another round of improvements that are part of a $3.5 million project approved by voters in last year’s $40 million transportation bond referendum. The project will increase bus capacity, widen passenger boarding platforms, improve restrooms, expand the information booth and enhance signs and displays.

In other business, council agreed to take no action on a proposal to change the terms of council members and the mayor from two to four years.


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  • drjones74 Sep 5, 2012

    Really it's the convenience stores on Wilmington that make it so folks can hang out all day long. Access to smokes, snacks and drinks. Presto.

  • MadMaxx Sep 5, 2012

    Hey the street urchins got to be somewhere. Might as well be there, they do not have anything else to do but hang out. Just go to Moore Square and sit and watch. You will be amazed.

  • justjean Sep 5, 2012

    Good grief, the last thing we need is city council members with terms of four years!

  • Scubagirl Sep 5, 2012

    MadMaxx, that is one of the most unenlightened and absurd things I've read in a while. Please DO get over yourself!

  • MadMaxx Sep 5, 2012

    The riff raff are called democRATic constituents, brought to vote. They are part of Obama's 14.8% AA unemployment figures, so they got to be somewhere, might as well be all together downtown. Remember Obama has the AA vote, no matter what the unemployment figures show, so that is why he is granting amnesty to illegals to take up any remaining jobs.

  • Icaretoo Sep 5, 2012

    The Moore Square area has been improved 100 fold. Everyone complaining should have seen the area in the mid-80s. I worked in that area and at least once a week we would call the police for fights in the street! Sometimes we need to stop and give the City some credit before we are so quick to complain. There ar a lot of areas that could use this money more than placating those offended by loitering and panhandling. We are all in an economic crisis right now ... No more unnecessary spending!

  • bushido2298 Sep 5, 2012

    Agreed, the buses are just fine, no problem there! Clean out the trash loitering in the depot and problem solved.

  • daddyankee Sep 5, 2012

    That's great. Now if they can just relocate all the riff raff several miles out of downtown people may feel safe walking around that area or even feel safe catching a bus from Moore Square.