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U.S. Transportation Secretary talks transit at Raleigh forum

Posted June 20, 2016

— 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.


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  • Linda Levine Jun 21, 2016
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    Transportation is a problem already. We need to invest in transportation and should have started decades ago. We have an aging population that will need public transportation. The buses are busy even though there are not efficient at getting you where you want to go in a reasonable time. Those who don't own a car have few options. The traffic will continue to get worse with people living further away and we need to get cars off the road.

  • Shandy Scott Jun 21, 2016
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    Hilarious that a DC politician is coming here to tell us we must raise our taxes by 25% which he will not pay a penny of the increase. According to the Tax Foundation's web site our sales tax rate ranks us the 25th highest. A half of a percent increase will move us to the country's 14th highest to go along with our gas tax which is the eight highest.

  • Ray Rivera Jun 21, 2016
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    They keep raising taxes and fees around here a lot of folks that moved here because of the lower cost of living will be moving out! They won't have to worry about transit.

  • Shandy Scott Jun 21, 2016
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    Here starts the propaganda about the upcoming transit bond that will increase our taxes along with our real estate tax increases over the last two years. Foxx uses the word CRISIS. "You are at the epicenter of a national crisis in mobility," says Foxx. He should be fired for his rhetoric. Our gas taxes are the eight highest in the country. Where is this revenue going that we also have to pay additional sales tax on a completely wasted mass transit plan that will increase bus service that nobody uses now. Please voters do not fall for these typical scare tactics that come from our politicians right before bonds are to be voted on. The wake County part of the sales tax rate is 2%. A half a percent increase is a 25% increase.