Final Wake transit includes more bus routes, commuter transit system

— After a year of meetings, the public will get its first look Tuesday at the recommended transit plan designed to improve and expand transit options in Wake County over the next decade.

An open house will be held at the Raleigh Convention Center from 4 to 8 p.m., and it will give residents a good idea of what they’d be getting if the plan is adopted.

The plan, which has an estimated cost of $2.3 billion, would significantly expand bus service, with more routes covering a wider area and extended hours.

It also calls for a bus rapid transit system with dedicated travel lanes. These buses would provide riders with reliable, fast transportation using a mix of technology, dedicated lanes and other tools designed to avoid congestion.

The plan would also include a commuter rail transit system. It would use existing rail corridors to create train connections around the Triangle and central part of the state.

Wake County commissioners could adopt the plan as early as next spring. Commissioners could end up placing a half-cent sales tax referendum on the November 2016 ballot, a step that could bring in $60 to $70 million a year to fund the program.

Tuesday’s open house will include buses for people to sit in as well as a working model of a commuter train and simulations showing how the plan would look on local roads.

,After a year of meetings, the public will get its first look Tuesday at the recommended transit plan designed to improve and expand transit options in Wake County over the next decade.

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