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Wake BRT: New Bern Avenue

Improvements Are Underway

Last updated Oct. 16, 2019 - 9:39 am

The design phase for implementing BRT on New Bern Avenue is underway. Approximately 3.3 miles of the 5.1-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.

Conceptual BRT Designs

The City of Raleigh conducted a survey to gather feedback on a conceptual design for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) along New Bern Avenue. Your feedback will play a critical role in refining the station locations and BRT design. View the results of the survey.

Engagement Opportunity

Bus Rapid Transit event flyer

Wake BRT: New Bern Avenue Design Phase Meeting

New Bern Avenue is one of four BRT corridors identified in the Wake Transit Plan. This corridor will connect the central business district in downtown Raleigh with the WakeMed Raleigh Campus and New Hope Road.

Learn how the BRT is planned to operate on New Bern Ave.

Tuesday, Oct. 29, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. (drop-in) with a presentation at 5:30 p.m.
Martin Street Baptist Church, 1001 E Martin St, Raleigh, NC 27601

Busing in?
GoRaleigh bus routes 17, 18, and 15.
Be sure to ask staff for a transit day pass!

Can’t attend? You can still participate in the survey at https://publicinput.com/BRTProjects.

BRT & Sidewalks

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 3.3 miles of the 5.1-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.

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

Sidewalks

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.

History

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.

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