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Transit, Streets, and Sidewalks

Wake BRT: Southern Corridor

Connecting Raleigh and Garner with frequent and reliable transit

The Wake BRT: Southern Corridor will connect downtown Raleigh with the North South Station and Purser Drive in Garner.

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:
Transportation - Transit Division
Contractors:
WSP

Contact

 

Het Patel
Senior Transit Planner
919-996-5120

Lead Department:
Transportation
Service Unit:
Public Transportation

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Planning

The Wake BRT: Southern Corridor will connect downtown Raleigh with North South Station and Walmart in Garner. The Southern Corridor will be approximately 5 miles of BRT service, with portions of the route operating in dedicated bus lanes. The projects will also include enhanced stations and transit signal priority at signalized intersections.

The planning phase of the project began in 2019 with work to help select the preferred route. From February to March of 2020, public engagement kick-off meetings were held to gather feedback on alternatives for the Southern Corridor. Two meetings were held, one in Raleigh and one in Garner, and a survey was published asking for feedback on BRT features, priorities and popular destinations along the corridor. Results from the survey are available.

In October 2020, the City of Raleigh endorsed S. Wilmington St. as the preferred route for the northern section of the Southern Corridor. In April 2021, the Wilmington Extension was endorsed as the preferred route for the southern section of the corridor. This information was further explained during the Wake BRT Spring Virtual Open House that was held in April of 2021.

Phase Contacts

 

Het Patel
Senior Transit Planner
919-996-5120

Lead Department:
Transportation

Design

The preliminary design phase (0 to 30 percent) for the Southern Corridor BRT is underway. The corridor is approximately 5 miles. It will operate in both dedicated transit lanes and mixed traffic between GoRaleigh Station in downtown Raleigh, and North South Station and Walmart in Garner. The location and number of BRT stations along the corridor will be determined during the design phase.

As of Summer 2022, the Southern Corridor project has reached the 5% design milestone.

Current Activity

  • Continue coordination with Town of Garner.
  • Continue preliminary design work (0 to 30 percent), including BRT lanes in the roadway, known as runningways, and station locations.
Map of preliminary Southern Bus Rapid Transit route

Next Steps

 

The next round of public engagement is anticipated in Fall 2022, which will include updated design plans for the Southern Corridor BRT project.

Phase Contacts

 

Het Patel
Senior Transit Planner
919-996-5120

Lead Department:
Transportation

Construction

Phase details coming soon.

Phase Contacts

 

Het Patel
Senior Transit Planner
919-996-5120

Lead Department:
Transportation

Complete

Phase details coming soon.

Phase Contacts

 

Het Patel
Senior Transit Planner
919-996-5120

Lead Department:
Transportation

History

In 2016, the Wake Transit Plan identified four BRT corridors for implementation by 2027. The Southern Corridor connecting downtown Raleigh and Garner was one of the corridors identified. The Southern Corridor was further evaluated in both the Southern Gateway Corridor Study (SGCS) completed in 2017 and the Wake Transit Plan Major Investment Study (MIS) completed in 2018.

The planning phase began in 2019 with a study to help select the preferred route. In February-March 2020, public engagement kickoff meetings were held to gather feedback on alternatives for the Southern Corridor.

In October 2020, S. Wilmington St. was endorsed as the preferred route for the northern section of the Southern Corridor. In April 2021, the Wilmington Extension was endorsed as the preferred route for the southern section of the corridor. This information was further explained during the Wake BRT Spring Virtual Open House that was held in April of 2021.

Kick-off Engagement – February 2020

Public engagement for the Southern Corridor began in February 2020. Two meetings were held at Victory Church in Raleigh, and at the Garner Senior Center. The purpose of the meetings was to educate the community on the benefits of BRT, highlight previous planning studies in the area, and present the corridor alternatives. Attendees had the opportunity to discuss the project directly with staff and provide feedback on transit priorities.

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. 

Virtual Engagement – May 2021

In May 2021, City staff and consultants hosted a second Virtual Open House to provide an overview of the BRT program, provide project-specific updates, and gather public and stakeholder feedback.

Schedule

Date Event
2017 Southern Gateway Corridor Study
2018 Wake Transit Plan Major Investment Study
Summer 2021 Southern Corridor Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) Selected
Fall 2021 0–30% Design Begins
Fall 2022 Federal Small Starts Application
Fall 2023 30% Design Complete

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