Live or work in Raleigh or Garner? Share your ideas on public transit

Posted October 26, 2021 5:26 a.m. EDT
Updated October 26, 2021 6:00 a.m. EDT

— The public has a chance Tuesday to share ideas and advice on how to planners can improve public transportation in the Triangle.

Last week, the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization held a virtual Q&A session asking residents about improving transit from Raleigh into Cary. On Tuesday, they'll ask how to improve travel from Raleigh into Garner.

Traffic coming in and out of Garner and Clayton is only expected to increase as the areas grow. That's why plans are in the works to expand rapid bus transit.

Planners are in the very beginning phases of the project and are looking for advice from residents or employees most familiar with the routes. They want to know where the buses should go, for example, shopping centers, businesses or airports.

Ultimately, the $100 million Rapid Bus Extension project will connect RTP, Raleigh, Garner and Clayton. Planners say relying on road improvements is not enough as the Triangle gets even more popular and personal vehicles cause congestion.

"To minimize the impact of traffic congestion we need to come up with solutions that provide more opportunities for people to travel rather than single occupancy vehicle use, which clogs up our roadways," said Bret Martin from the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization.

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