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Nickel, Ross Push For Federal Funding For Wake Bus Rapid Transit Southern Corridor Project

Today, U.S. Representative Wiley Nickel (NC-13) and Representative Deborah Ross (NC-02) urged the House Appropriations Committee to include $77.8 million in federal funding for the Wake Bus Rapid Transit Southern Corridor Project in the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies appropriations bill for fiscal year 2024. The letter follows President Biden’s budget proposal that recommended federal funding for the project.

“This transit project will span five miles, connecting Downtown Raleigh to Downtown Garner and traveling through major job and activity center. Wake County is among the fastest-growing counties in the country, growing by approximately 62 people per day with 225,000 people added over the last decade. As a result, we have an urgent need for enhanced, robust, and efficient public transportation,” the Members wrote.

The Members continued, “In total, the plan includes approximately 20 miles of transit through four Bus Rapid Transit corridors throughout Wake County. The Wake BRT Southern Corridor Project provides better access to affordable housing units, which have been strategically placed near planned transit stops, and will also connect more residents to exciting job opportunities in Southern Wake County.”

Full text of the letter can be found HERE.