A prime concern for any businessperson interested in relocating or expanding to another market is accessibility. Today’s business leaders like to know how many other transportation options exist in an area besides cars. Here in Wake County, those choices are plentiful – and essential.
Given that one of every seven workers who lives in Wake County travels to a job in Durham or Orange counties, and one of every 10 workers who lives in Durham or Orange County travels to a job in Wake, the counties’ Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) have developed a Regional Transit Vision Plan for a regional transit system. Their efforts have been borne out byTriangle Transit, the tri-county public transportation agency, which added new routes in 2008 for regional bus and shuttle service to Apex, Cary, Chapel Hill, Durham, Garner, Raleigh-Durham International Airport, Research Triangle Park and Raleigh.
Private firms are expanding their transit activities in Wake County as well. At the start of 2009, SuperShuttle International Inc. began shared ride van service from RDU Airport todowntown Raleigh hotels and the convention center. Sharing a ride provides customers with a less expensive option to and from the airport.
More transit improvements are on the way. The Regional Transportation Alliance has more than 100 leading businesses and 22 member chambers working to provide an ongoing, bottom-line focus on transportation issues across the extendedResearch Triangle region. An enhanced region-wide bus system and new rail line service are chief items promoted in the Alliance’s business plan.
Proactive steps will continue to be taken to meet future mass transit needs by business and community leaders. For more details on the latest developments, check back on this blog.