New Bern Avenue
Improvements are Underway
The first improvement to the corridor is the addition of sidewalks that extend from Tarboro Street to Sunnybrook Road along both sides of New Bern Avenue. The section from Tarboro Street to Raleigh Boulevard will be up to 14 feet wide with street trees, and pedestrian traffic signal changes. The section between Raleigh Boulevard and Sunnybrook Road will be an 8-foot-wide multi-use path that looks much like the greenway trails throughout Raleigh. This section will also have utility improvements and pedestrian traffic signal enhancements. The pedestrian improvement project is currently in the design phase.
Bus Rapid Transit
This corridor is one of four that were identified in the Wake Transit Plan for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). BRT creates dedicated bus lanes on local roads so bus operators can bypass traffic and keep their routes on schedule. This will make transit a more reliable alternative for commuters and help to connect the region. Approximately 4.75 miles of the 6.4-mile corridor would use dedicated transit lanes between the GoRaleigh Station, in downtown Raleigh, and Sunnybrook Road. BRT would share the general traffic lanes for the remainder of the corridor between Sunnybrook Road and New Hope Road.
Public Meeting June 25
A kick-off meeting is scheduled for June 25. The public is invited to learn about BRT and the New Bern Avenue corridor project. The meeting will be held in open house, drop-in style. City of Raleigh staff will be available to provide information, answer questions, and receive input. The City will welcome feedback from the community about station planning and station locations.
New Bern Avenue Corridor BRT Open House
Date: Tuesday, June 25
Time: 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. (drop-in session)
Location: Martin Street Baptist Church, 1001 E Martin St, Raleigh, NC 27601
The improvements coming to New Bern Avenue are a part of the New Bern Avenue Corridor Plan that was adopted by City Council in 2012. The study provides recommendations for ways to:
- Improve the appearance of the corridor
- Support pedestrian, bicycle and transit uses along the corridor with a vision for Bus Rapid Transit
- Stimulate economic development and revitalization in the area
The New Bern Avenue Corridor Alliance, a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Public Charity group, was formed in 2012 to advocate for an implementation strategy for the City of Raleigh led corridor enhancement outlined in the New Bern Avenue Corridor Study. The New Bern Avenue Corridor Alliance meets regularly to discuss corridor initiatives.