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Wake County Transit Project
In 2009, the region’s two transportation planning organizations (Capital Area MPO and Durham,Chapel Hill, Carrboro MPO) completed work on 2035 Long Range Transportation Plans. The plans include increased bus and rail services for an ever increasing population. In order to pay for additional services, the NC General Assembly has authorized counties in the Triad and Triangle to hold a voter referendum on a one-half cent sales tax for transit.


The Wake County Transit Plan is an implementation plan for a package of comprehensive transit improvements in the Triangle, with the goal of connecting all municipalities, city centers, employment centers, universities, and the airport. The Transit Plan provides a two-pronged approach to meeting increasing transit needs as the County continues to grow:

  • Core Transit Plan: Expands local and commuter bus service and builds a rush-hour commuter rail service from Garner to Durham; provides amenities such as park-and-ride lots, sidewalks, signage and bus shelters, benches and other structures. 
  • Enhanced Transit Plan: Builds light rail service from downtown Cary through downtown Raleigh, up to Millbrook Road. This portion of the Tranist Plan will not be implemented without state and federal funding.

For more information on the Transit Plan, please visit Wake County’s website or visit our Resource page. 

Alternatives Analysis Reports for the Triangle Regional Transit Program projects in Durham, Orange and Wake counties are being released today.   These multi-volume reports include the results of an extensive analysis of the corridors identified in the 2035 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) adopted by the Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro and Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) in April 2009.  

The Alternatives Analysis Reports were developed through a collaborative process that included citizens in 19 public workshops, representatives of federal, state and local governments, educational and medical institutions, regional organizations, both MPOs and Triangle Transit, which coordinated the process on behalf of the MPOs.  

The Detailed Definition of Alternatives Technical Report, the first volume of each corridor report, summarizes the overall findings and identifies the most viable alignments, transit technologies and station locations for major transit system investments in Durham, Orange and Wake counties over the next 24 years.

The reports are available for download as PDF files at the project web site:  

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