U.S. Transportation Secretary talks transit at Raleigh forum
Posted June 20, 2016
Raleigh, N.C. — Wake County voters had an opportunity to learn more about the county’s transit proposals Monday night before they make a decision about the future of the system this fall.
After a lot of discussion and public hearings, Wake County officials approved a 10-year transit plan earlier this year. Now, officials are deciding how they are going to use those facilities in the future.
The plan calls for expanded bus service, including a bus rapid-transit system, and it would develop a commuter rail line between Durham and Garner.
The projects will cost just over $2 billion, and, in November, it will be up to Wake County voters to decide on a tax increase of half a cent to help pay for it.
“I think people need to consider how fast our region is growing and do they think they have the transportation options they’re going to need when we know that I-40 and all of our major roads are going to be at or beyond capacity,” said Wake Up Wake County executive director Karen Rindge.
A community forum Monday night will gave voters an overview of the plan. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, the former mayor of Charlotte, was in attendance, talking about the importance of transit.