Municipography, The 2040 Bus Transit Plan

Municipography is a summary of current issues going through the Raleigh City Council and other municipal departments in the city. The point is to try to deliver any video, photos, and text associated with the discussions happening at City Hall or elsewhere. Since this is a downtown Raleigh blog, the focus is on the center of the city.

People seem to love trains and feel that mass transit means having shiny trains rolling all over town. I wish there were more bus upgrade plans to share but perhaps that is because upgrades can be turned around quicker then a train so in depth plans haven’t been published yet. But today there is hope.

At the December 6, 2011 Raleigh City Council meeting, Transit Administrator David Eatman gave an overview of the 2040 Bus Transit plan. The video is below and you can read the Bus Transit Development Plan here. (pdf) We’ll save analysis on it for another time.

For anyone that is impatient hearing about trains running in a six to ten year timeframe should get behind the buses because upgrades will occur within 12 to 18 months after funding is secured. The buses seem to get little media coverage and in my opinion an upgraded bus system could make or break our investments in transit, regardless of how well the trains run.

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  1. The draft transit plan was presented at a CAFT meeting this morning. The plan is being shared to Wake municipalities over the next 3 months to get the needed agreement to put it before voters (new taxes) in the fall of next year. It’s a two phase plan, which includes “Core Transit” (expanded bus & commuter rail), and Enhanced Transit (light rail).

    Core transit:
    5 year timeline without need for federal funding.
    Doubling of bus service.
    Execute the Wake/Durham/Orange County commuter rail plan.

    Enhanced transit:
    10 year timeline, requires federal funding
    Execute the Cary/Raleigh light rail plan

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