Arial shot of New Bern Avenue

Transit, Streets, and Sidewalks

Wake BRT: New Bern Avenue

Connecting downtown Raleigh with WakeMed and New Hope Road with frequent and reliable transit

Visit Our Virtual Open House! 

Our Virtual Open House runs through Dec. 2, and includes some in-person events.  

  • November 15, 2022 New Bern Corridor Update at Tarboro Road Community Center from 6-8 p.m.
  • November 17, 2022 Ask a Planner event at Go Raleigh Station from 9-11 a.m.
  • November 29, 2022 Ask a Planner event at Go Raleigh Station from 9-11 a.m.
  • November 18, 2022 Ask a Planner event at Raleigh Union Station from 9 a.m.-1p.m.
  • November 30, 2022 Ask a Planner event at Cary Regional Library from 12-2 p.m.

New Bern Avenue Corridor

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

 

Sam Brewer, PE
Project Manager
919-749-2952

Comment Form

Het Patel
Transit Planning
919-996-5120

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. 

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.

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.

Phase Contacts

 

Het Patel
Transit Planning
919-996-5120

Lead Department:
Transportation

Design

We are in the advanced design stage for the Wake BRT: New Bern Project.

Approximately 3.3 miles of the 5.1-mile corridor will use dedicated transit lanes between the GoRaleigh Station, in downtown Raleigh, and Sunnybrook Road.

BRT will share the general traffic lanes for the remainder of the corridor between Sunnybrook Road and New Hope Road. 

What's Happening

Our design team is wrapping up the final designs and we started the right of way and easement acquisition phase of the project. 

Project limits Map

This map outlines the project limits and shows the proposed BRT transit stops along the corridor.

New Bern Avenue Advanced Station Location Map

Next Steps

 
  • Finish the right of way and easement acquisition phase of project. 
  • Hold a pre-construction meeting.
  • Start construction, fall 2022.

 

 

Phase Contacts

 

Sean Driskill, PE
Project Manager
919-996-4106

Lead Department:
Engineering Services

Right of Way Acquisition

We have started the Right of Way and Easement Acquisition phase of the project. Survey crews are marking proposed easements, and the City's Real Estate Analysts are contacting people whose property may be impacted. 

Our survey crews will place stakes with different color flags along the corridor to denote the different types of easements. 

What Flag Colors Represent:

  • Red Flags = Proposed right of way
  • White Flags = Existing right of way
  • Green Flags = Permanent drainage easement needed (These areas may include installing drainage pipes, catch basins, drainage inlets, and drainage ditches.)
  • Orange Flags = Temporary construction easement needed (We will only utilize these easements during construction.) 
  • Light Blue = Permanent electric utility easement
  • Purple Flags = Permanent slope easement
  • Yellow Flags = Permanent utility easement 
  • Dark Blue Flags = Temporary driveway easement (We will only utilize these easements during construction.) 
  • Pink Flags = Permanent sidewalk easement 

 

Have Question?

For questions about real estate, contact Real Estate Analyst, Greg Pittman.

For questions about the project design, contact the Project Manager, Sam Brewer, PE

Fall 2022 Project Update Video

Watch this video to learn more about what to expect in the coming months. 

Wake BRT: New Bern Avenue Project Update - Fall 2022

Next Steps

 
  • Hold a pre-construction meeting.
  • Start construction.

Phase Contacts

 

Sam Brewer, PE
Project Manager
919-749-2952

Lead Department:
Engineering Services

Complete

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

Lead Department:
Transportation

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
Fall 2022 Right of Way & Easement Acquisition Complete
Fall 2022 Project Update & Open House
Winter 2023 Pre-Construction Meeting
Winter 2023 Construction Starts
Winter 2025 Construction Complete

Station Design

Based on feedback from stakeholders and municipal partners, conceptual designs for Wake BRT stations are being developed. Your feedback from Spring 2021 Virtual Open House was considered on certain elements of the stations, like lighting and materials. Thank You for Participating!

This video highlights the conceptual station design renderings for Wake Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and includes station amenities and features, and how pedestrians and bicyclists will access BRT stations. 

Wake Bus Rapid Transit - Station Design - Transit

Project Update Videos

This is a listing of project update videos. you can watch these videos to stay up to date on the project's progress. 

History

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 allows the installation of enhanced pedestrian facilities and will eliminate back to back construction along the corridor.

Past Design Public Engagement

Virtual Engagement - May 2021

In May 2021, City staff and consultants hosted a Virtual Open House to gather public and stakeholder feedback and provide an update on the corridor design well as station design, branding and art. 

Virtual Engagement – November 2020 

In November 2020, the City of Raleigh staff and consultants hosted a Virtual Open House to provide an overview of the BRT program, provide project-specific updates and gather public and stakeholder feedback. 

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