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Raleigh targets New Bern Ave. for transit improvements

Posted June 5, 2013

— If the Raleigh City Council is going to approve a major road project, transportation and transit staff thinks it should be the New Bern Avenue corridor.

During a transportation workshop last week, staff identified the corridor as a top-priority project for increased bus service and bicycle and pedestrian access.

Raleigh Transit Administrator David Eatman said New Bern was chosen over other Raleigh corridors because it is already Capital Area Transit’s most heavily used route. Plans for improving the corridor have already begun with the New Bern Avenue Corridor study approved last year.

“It has a lot going for it in the fact that we wouldn’t be starting from scratch,” Eatman told the Record.
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As part of the overall plan, there would be increased bus service and pedestrian infrastructure, such as sidewalks, which could lead to more economic redevelopment in the area.

Eatman said when the project is fully built out, it will have a rail-like experience, with 12 identified stations that will have electronic bus arrival times and route information.

Lanes on New Bern Avenue will be dedicated for buses and right-turn-only during peak hours, and used for either parking or regular traffic flow during off-peak hours.

The traffic lights on New Bern would have signal prioritization so that late-running buses will get green lights to make up time.

Buses would run every 10 minutes during peak hours and every 15 to 30 minutes during off-peak hours and on the weekends.

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  • LastSon1981 Jun 13, 2013

    Knowing how empty the buses normally are. This will be more wasted money that could be used to improve the road infrastructure. The buses are losing money. Without the government subsidy from the taxpayers, the buses would have to shut down.

    ConservativeVoter

    Your name lets me know you have no idea what your talking about but that sends to be the conservative way of things. I don't like to assume but I will say you've probably don't take the bus or travel down New Bern that often

  • ConservativeVoter Jun 10, 2013

    Knowing how empty the buses normally are. This will be more wasted money that could be used to improve the road infrastructure. The buses are losing money. Without the government subsidy from the taxpayers, the buses would have to shut down.

  • djofraleigh Jun 6, 2013

    Why have light rail serve the west and Chapel Hill & Durham to Raleigh downtown? Do we want to encourage more people to live in one town and work in another? Is that green?

    Life is Wake County is NOT primarily about the downtown.

  • cynda-ur-way Jun 6, 2013

    cynda, I'm not trying to argue, but I travel New Bern Ave. outside the beltline often and I never see the buses even half full. Another thing, if you are riding a bicycle on New Bern Ave.you must have a death wish.


    Have you seen the bus past wake medical? how can you tell how many people are on a bus while you are in your car. Half of them have the windows covered where you cant see in. I have rode that bus on many occasions and by the time it leaves the dept of social services,wake med and pines of ashton it is FULL!

  • venitapeyton Jun 6, 2013

    It's all hype. Only reasons for downtown 'express' are to go to court, jail or to catch another bus. Additional travel will just mean waiting longer at the depot for connecting routes.

  • datenobunaga2 Jun 6, 2013

    If NC coul build a system like NYC subway and bus I would use it. But as it stands, you have to drive to an access point if you live in a rural area which could be considered a borough by NYC standards. The buses are good if you live near them and some of these commuter buses run at odd hours which leaves you trying to schedule your job around the transportation. Ill stick with my V8 any day over nightmarish NC public transport.

  • Red Sox Nation Jun 6, 2013

    Lone Voice in the Wilderness - That's some backwards logic.....First we need to get people used to an inconvenient public transportation system??? First we need viable public transportation, THEN people can get used to taking it. A light rail system connecting the triangle, with a bus system in each town/city that can shuttle people from the rail station to their destination would work best.

  • LivinDTR Jun 6, 2013

    i would never, EVER ride my bike on new bern ave...

  • Knightwolf Jun 6, 2013

    cynda, I'm not trying to argue, but I travel New Bern Ave. outside the beltline often and I never see the buses even half full. Another thing, if you are riding a bicycle on New Bern Ave.you must have a death wish.

  • Lone Voice in the Wilderness Jun 6, 2013

    I'd rather have more buses run more often rather than a light rail system that won't even go to RDU because the RDU Authority doesn't want to lose their dedicated taxi service.

    Maybe a light rail system would work someday, but we need to get people used to public transportation first.

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