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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

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 evaluated further through 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 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, S. Wilmington St. was endorsed as the preferred 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.

Wake BRT: Southern Corridor Update

Phase Contacts

 

Het Patel
Senior Transit Planner
919-996-5120

Lead Department:
Transportation

Design

The preliminary design phase (0 to 30 percent) for implementing BRT on the Southern Corridor 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 Purser Drive in Garner. The locations and number of BRT stations along the corridor will be determined during the design phase. 

Current Activity

  • Continue coordination with Town of Garner 
  • Continue preliminary design work, including runningway options 
  • Continue to coordinate with existing projects along the corridor 
     

Next Steps

 

Land and Natural Resource Survey to begin Fall 2021

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 evaluated further through 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 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.

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 Virtual Open House to gather public and stakeholder feedback and provide an update on the corridor design as well as station design, branding, and art.

Schedule

Date Event
2017 Southern Gateway Corridor Study
2018 Wake Transit Plan Major Investment Study
Fall 2020 City of Raleigh endorses preferred route for the northern section of the corridor
Spring 2021 Town of Garner and City of Raleigh endorsed Southern Corridor LPA
Summer 2021 CAMPO Executive Board adopts Southern Corridor LPA
Fall 2021 0 – 30 percent design begins

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