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Congestion and Gridlock are Heading Our Way, Unless We Plan Now.

During my tenure as a Wake County Board Commissioner, we have:

  • Worked with the community to develop landmark Wake County Transit Plan

    • The plan will quadruple bus services in five years, add commuter trains, 24 miles of state of the art Bus Rapid Transit corridors, and significantly expand county-wide paratransit for the elderly and disabled

  • Passed a Transit Referendum in 2014 – delivering $95MM annually to fund the plan

  • Established free transit passes throughout the Triangle for all students 18 and under beginning in July 2018

  • Completed a Wake County greenway master plan, providing blueprint for future buildout of pedestrian and bicycle transportation system countywide

 Supporting Facts:

  • The current transit plan will double the bus capacity and begin to provide rail connections to Garner, Raleigh, NC State, RTP, Durham and the airport all without a property tax increase.

  • Wake is one of the fastest growing counties in the country and as we grow, roads and traffic conditions will continue to get worse.

  • Even if you never use public transportation, more options mean fewer cars on the streets and highways. As others choose transit as their option, the result will be less congestion for those who choose automobile transportation.

Taking Action:

Listen to Wake Citizens – Set up public meetings to find out what is important to county citizens regarding transportation options to avoid future gridlock.

Provide Options – Citizens deserve a voice to whether they want more options in how to move around the Triangle. Durham and Orange County have already moved forward on transit doubling the bus capability and beginning to plan for even better options in the future; including a link to the airport.

Working with Our Leaders – We are a connected region and the more we can collaborate with our regional leaders, the more we can deal with our ever-increasing congestion. There are solutions to avoiding a traffic problem that looks like Atlanta, but we have to get started solving these problems now, before it’s too late.