Commuter trains, running for 37 miles from Durham and Research Triangle Park to Raleigh and Garner, are a big part of a proposed 10-year transit plan, released Tuesday, that will be considered by county commissioners next spring.
The plan includes 20 miles of bus rapid transit (BRT) service, running every 15 minutes on 20 miles of Capital and Western boulevards, New Bern Avenue and South Wilmington Street. BRT often runs faster than automobile traffic, with features that can include dedicated bus lanes and green-light priority at traffic signals. Another 63 miles of Raleigh streets would have standard buses at 15-minute intervals.
The proposed half-cent sales tax would provide the biggest single revenue source for the transit plan, with $962 million expected in the first 10 years. The federal government would be asked to cover half the capital cost ($720 million) for commuter rail and BRT.