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Transit, Streets, and Sidewalks

Wake BRT: New Bern Avenue

We are working to provide frequent, reliable, urban transit options

We are having a Virtual Open House!  Visit the Wake BRT Virtual Open House page to learn more about this month-long virtual event.

The Wake BRT: New Bern Avenue will connect downtown Raleigh with WakeMed and New Hope Road. 

In November of 2016, Wake County voters approved a plan for focused investment in public transit which puts the implementation of the Wake County Transit Plan in motion. The plan calls for building approximately 20 miles of transit lanes along four (4) Bus Rapid Transit corridors within Wake County (Wake BRT).

Project Details

 
Type:
Transportation Improvements
Project Lead:
Roadway Design & Construction
Contractors:
HNTB

Contact

 

Sean Driskill, PE
Project Manager
919-996-4106

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Mila Vega
Planning Supervisor
919-996-4123

Lead Department:
Transportation
Participating Department:
Engineering Services
Service Unit:
Public Transportation

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Planning

The planning phase began in 2012 with the New Bern Avenue Corridor Study. The study gave recommendations for improving the appearance of the corridor and strategies for revitalizing the area with economic development. The study also suggested ways to support pedestrian, bicycle and transit use along the corridor with a vision for Bus Rapid Transit. 

In 2016, the Wake Transit Plan identified four (4) BRT corridors for implementation by 2027. The New Bern Avenue Corridor connecting from Downtown Raleigh to WakeMed/New Hope was one (1) of the corridors identified. The New Bern Avenue Corridor was evaluated further through the Wake Transit Plan Major Investment Study (MIS) which was completed in 2018. 
 

Phase Contacts

 

Mila Vega
Planning Supervisor
919-996-4123

Lead Department:
Transportation

Design

Updated April 26

The City awarded the Advanced Design contract to HNTB in June, and the team has completed the advanced design planes. 

The project received $35 million in FTA CIG funding in December 2020.

We are hosting a Virtual Open House through the month of May with a live Q & A session on May 11.

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View the Advanced Design Public Video and let us know what you think. We are gathering public input through the month of May.

 

 

New Bern Avenue Advanced Station Location Map

Wake BRT: New Bern Avenue Corridor Update

Next Steps

 
  • Virtual Open House with live Q&A on May 11;
  • Continue meeting with business owners along the corridor about potential impacts of the project;
  • Bus platform stations are being finalized;
  • Coordinate with NCDOT about design criteria; and,
  • Start the right of way and easement acquisition phase of project. 

Phase Contacts

 

Sean Driskill, PE
Project Manager
919-996-4106

Lead Department:
Engineering Services

Construction

Construction is scheduled to start in the summer of 2022. Check back for details as we near construction.

Phase Contacts

 

Sean Driskill, PE
Project Manager
919-996-4106

Lead Department:
Engineering Services

Complete

The project is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2024. 

Phase Contacts

 

Mila Vega
Planning Supervisor
919-996-4123

Lead Department:
Transportation

Wake Bus Rapid Transit: New Bern Avenue Corridor – Raleigh, North Carolina

History

n early March 2020, City Council passed a motion that combined the New Bern Avenue Pedestrian Project with the Wake BRT: New Bern Avenue Project.

Combining these two projects will allow the installation of enhanced pedestrian facilities and will eliminate back to back construction along the corridor.

In 2016, the Wake Transit Plan identified four BRT corridors for implementation by 2027. The New Bern Avenue Corridor connecting from Downtown Raleigh to WakeMed/New Hope was one of the corridors identified. The New Bern Avenue Corridor was evaluated further through the Wake Transit Plan Major Investment Study (MIS) which was completed in 2018.

The design phase for implementing BRT on New Bern Avenue is underway. Approximately 3.3 miles of the 5.1-mile corridor would use dedicated transit lanes between the GoRaleigh Station, in downtown Raleigh, and Sunnybrook Road. BRT would share the general traffic lanes for the remainder of the corridor between Sunnybrook Road and New Hope Road. 

In order to gather public input, two Design Open Houses were held. 

The first Design Open House occurred on June 25, 2019 to present the benefits of BRT and show preliminary station locations and BRT design concepts. Based off comments and feedback received, a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) was created. 

The second Design Open House was held on October 29, 2019 to present updated preliminary station locations and display updated BRT design concepts.  A presentation was given during the Design Open House and a summary handout was available.

Schedule

Date Activity
2018 Wake Transit Plan Major Investment Study
Spring 2019 0 - 30% Design Begins
Summer 2019 New Bern Avenue Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) Selected
Winter 2019 Federal Small Starts Application
Spring 2020 30% Design Complete
Spring 2020 Final Design Begins
Winter 2022 Advanced Design Complete
Spring 2022 Right of Way & Easement Acquisition Complete
Summer 2022 Construction Starts
Summer 2024 Construction Complete

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