Arial shot of New Bern Avenue

Transit, Streets, and Sidewalks

Wake BRT: New Bern Avenue

We are working to provide Frequent reliable urban transit options

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

In 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.

Project Details

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

Contact

 

Sean Drisill, PE
Project Manager
919-996-4106

Comment Form

Mila Vega
Planning Supervisor
919-996-4123

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

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 Oct. 9

The City awarded the Advanced Design contract to HNTB in June, and the team is moving from the early design phase to the advanced design phase.

September’s activity:

  • Continued topographical surveying along the corridor;
  • Started discussions for the bus platform station designs for the Wake BTR projects; and,
  • The Downtown Raleigh Alliance (RDA) helped the project team facilitate discussions with businesses along the corridor that may be impacted by the project.
Map of New Bern Ave indicating project location

Next Steps

 

This month’s activity includes:

  • Continue topographical surveys through early November;
  • Continue meeting with business owners along the corridor about potential impacts of the project;
  • Coordinate with NCDOT about design criteria;
  • Continued work towards the advanced designs; and,
  • Planning the advanced design touchpoint, scheduled to take place in early 2021.

Phase Contacts

 

Sean Driskill, PE
Project Manager
919-996-4106

Lead Department:
Engineering Services

Construction

Phase details coming soon.

Phase Contacts

 

Sean Driskill, PE
Project Manager
919-996-4106

Lead Department:
Engineering Services

Complete

Phase details coming soon.

Phase Contacts

 

Mila Vega
Planning Supervisor
919-996-4123

Lead Department:
Transportation

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

History

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 2021 Advanced Design Complete
Spring 2021 Right of Way & Easement Acquisition Starts

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