The Wake and Durham Bus Plans Update is a collaborative planning study that will recommend how and when the Triangle invests in bus service projects from 2024 to 2030. As the regional transit planning agency, GoTriangle is the project manager for creating and updating bus plans in the Triangle region of Wake, Durham and Orange counties. GoTriangle, with consultant Nelson\Nygaard and in partnership with regional planning officials, will update the Wake Bus Plan, create a Durham Bus Plan and support the development of short-range transit plans for GoRaleigh, GoCary, GoTriangle, GoWake ACCESS, GoDurham and GoDurham ACCESS.  

The planning study includes several steps or sub-tasks that work together to create the overall investment strategy. In Spring 2022, GoTriangle and regional transit partners are looking at how improvements to individual bus routes could be rolled out across the Triangle region.   

Short Range Transit Plans 

We’re looking for input on the Short Range Transit Plans this spring! Share your ideas and thoughts on how to improve bus service in the Triangle in the next five to eight years: 

  • Click here to look at our draft maps that include ideas for improving bus service throughout the Triangle. 
  • Click here to download a media kit to help us spread the word to your communities.
  • Click here to view events related to the Bus Plans where you are able to speak to one of our team members to learn more.  

The Short Range Transit Plans are a critical part of the Bus Plans. Developed alongside GoCary, GoRaleigh, GoTriangle, and GoWake ACCESS, these plans will guide how to improve existing bus routes and where to invest in new or expanded bus routes. These plans will also identify capital projects that support changes in the bus routes, like new bus stops, more passenger facilities, or new vehicles.  

The GoDurham and GoDurham ACCESS Short Range Transit Plan will be developed once the Durham County Transit Plan is updated.  

Bus Plan Programs, Policies and Recommendations  

The Bus Plans Update will develop a series of individual tasks and sub-tasks that will support the overall investment strategy: 

  • Community Engagement Plan – the Bus Plans project has its own strategy for how it will work with stakeholders, transit riders and community members. 
  • Access to Transit in Wake County – the ability to walk safely to a bus stop and wait comfortably is an important part of a successful transit system. The project team developed an interactive tool that helps prioritize investments in sidewalks around Wake County.  
  • Service Guidelines and Performance Measures – The Wake Transit Plan and Durham Transit Plan expect that investments in bus routes will be cost effective and efficient. The service guidelines offer an overall strategy for investing in bus services and sets expectations for the performance of individual bus routes.  
  • Microtransit Toolkit – Microtransit or on-demand transit is a new, flexible public transportation service that is attracting a lot of attention regionally. The Microtransit Toolkit provides an overview of microtransit, how it works and offers guidelines for implementation. The toolkit also includes local and regional case studies.  

Background information about the project 

In late 2021, regional planning officials began analyzing bus services for the Wake and Durham Bus Plans Update. We are seeking your input and ideas through the fall of 2022.  

Governing boards in each county will vote on whether to approve the final plans. Short range transit plans will be considered for approval by the transit agency’s approving bodies. 

The Wake and Durham Bus Plans Update will define how the projects identified in the county transit plans will be implemented. The Wake County Transit Plan, originally adopted in 2016, was updated through 2030 in 2020, and the Durham County Transit Plan and Orange County Transit Plan are expected to be updated by the end of 2022.