Triangle Transit Authority wants to hear from residents about plans for expanding bus and rail lines as the population grows. Transit experts will be on hand at a series of meetings this week to present a proposals for Wake, Durham, and Orange Counties. The U.S. Census Bureau expects more than a million more people will be in the Triangle by 2030. Brad Schulz of Triangle Transit says this week's meetings get under way tonight in Raleigh:
"We're hoping to take the information we receive from the public in these meetings and prepare a report for the county commissioners and for the two Metropolitan Planning Organizations this summer. It will be up to the counties and the MPO's to decide what they want to do with these individual plans."
Among the proposed changes are different bus routes and new train stations. County commissioners have been asked to consider a half-cent sales tax increase to fund the expansion.