staff will also continue implementing the $92 million bond program, which includes significant
improvements at John Chavis Memorial Park, Walnut Creek Softball Complex, and expansions to
the greenways system.
Transportation and Transit
Within this Key Focus Area, the City will add resources to improve implementation of
our capital programs. The Proposed Budget funds the following positions:
Project Engineer to support road widening and other capital projects,
Inspections Coordinator to support our ongoing resurfacing program,
One position to support a pilot program of alternative street maintenance strategies, and,
One position to support transit capital projects, including the installation such accessible bus
stop infrastructure as shelters, benches, and sidewalks and ramps.
Staff will continue to implement the $75 million 2013 Transportation Bond program. The program
includes several road widening projects, including Mitchell Mill Road, New Hope Church Road,
Pleasant Valley Road, Sandy Forks Road, and Tryon Road Part C. The second phase of the
Hillsborough Street streetscape project is also under way.
Construction of Raleigh Union Station will begin in Summer 2016 and staff expect to open the facility
in late 2017. The Proposed Budget funds two positions for this critical transportation hub, one to
serve as a facility manager and a second position for maintenance support. The FY2018 budget will
incorporate additional operating impacts for Union Station.
To implement the new Bike Share program, the Proposed Budget funds a program coordinator
position for a partial year. The Bike Share system facilities will be installed in FY2018, funded by a
$2 million grant from CAMPO and $425,000 in matching City funds. The City has also invited Wake
County and North Carolina State University to contribute capital funding. Any additional
contributions from other stakeholders will reduce the City’s capital matching funds.
The Proposed Budget invests significantly in our City’s communications efforts,
government facilities, and employee compensation.
As part of the budget proposal, we re-brand the public affairs unit as the
Communications Department. This better reflects the broad range of communication services
provided, including video, graphics, event management, and media relationships. The Proposed
Budget provides two additional positions to the Communications Department to increase graphics
and video services, and provide more support to City departments. We will also realign three other
positions, which have been supporting multiple departments, from City Planning to Communications
to create a central graphics unit.
We propose funding a city-wide branding study in early FY2017. Presently, City departments and
divisions use dozens of different logos and symbols. This planning effort will develop a common City
branding approach, and, ultimately, make it easier for citizens and stakeholders to identify City of
The Proposed Budget funds a citizen survey, which will be administered in Fall 2016. The survey
will collect data and feedback from citizens to help staff and Council Members determine City
priorities, modify policies, and reconsider how we provide services.