Our region achieved a remarkable milestone yesterday. Our largest county approved a regional transit plan for the first time – and also approved a fall referendum vote.
This is a big deal, for a host of reasons:
- One, our economic development professionals can now tell prospects that we have a sound transit plan, developed by a bipartisan process, and unanimously approved by the Wake County Board of Commissioners.
- Two, this plan makes sense – it provides for a very strong balance of immediate enhancements and long-term improvements, all without subjecting us to technology lock-in.
- Three, this gives Wake County and its citizens the opportunity to complement the leadership and citizens of Durham and Orange counties who have voted for their transit future in successful transit referenda earlier this decade.
Of course, we still have to pass the transit referendum this fall in Wake County, and that will require additional RTA focus and partnership efforts.
However, the necessary precursor for a successful vote is to have a plan worth passing to begin with.
Now we have one.
Kudos to our RTA chair, Steve Brechbiel with Quintiles, and our transit vice chair, Valerie Jordan with Cisco! They were the first speakers at the County Commission meeting to speak to the business case of this plan which dramatically enhances bus service, implements multiple bus rapid transit lines, and introduces commuter rail.
Let’s get moving,
Joe Milazzo II, PE
RTA Executive Director