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Downtown Cary Multi-Modal Transit Facility

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Project Overview

The Town of Cary is studying the feasibility of a new Downtown Cary Multi-Modal Transit Facility. The study will evaluate proposed Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridors into downtown Cary and potential site locations for a Multi-Modal Transit Facility. The Multi-Modal Transit Facility will accommodate a variety of transit modes and services including local and regional bus service, BRT, future commuter rail service and Amtrak intercity passenger rail services in addition to providing parking options for commuters.

The study will evaluate the size, rail access, traffic access, station area connectivity, sustainability and development possibilities of potential sites. The study will also examine alternatives for how BRT facilities traversing the Town will interact with the new multimodal center in a manner that facilitates safe, efficient and well-coordinated circulation. Concept planning and design will be consistent with the vision set out in the Cary Community Plan with the goal of creating a vibrant and connected public space within Downtown Cary. 

Project Details

This feasibility study is important to:

  • Connect Downtown Cary within Town limits and regionally within the Triangle
  • Enrich Downtown Cary with a vibrant and connected public space
  • Enhance investments in the multimodal center to meet the development goals of the Cary Community Plan
  • Launch the project into land acquisition and final design

As defined in the Cary Community Plan, the vision for Downtown Cary is that it will be supported by "a multimodal transportation hub serving pedestrians, bicyclists, bus transit, train and motorists." WSP, an engineering consulting firm in Raleigh, was selected to conduct the study. 

Project Background

The region is undertaking the implementation of the Wake County Transit Plan, which was adopted in June 2016 by the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO), Wake County and the Research Triangle Public Transportation Authority (GoTriangle). The Wake County Transit Plan allocates significant resources to the Town of Cary’s transit system (GoCary) to support the system’s growth of community-based fixed route bus services where need exists over the next 10 years.

As a result of this allocation and Cary’s need to expand and enhance its local fixed-route bus services to serve more of its citizens in a comfortable and convenient manner, the Town must provide adequate supportive facilities to accommodate infrastructure needs of this growth. Further, the Wake County Transit Plan allocates resources to the development of fixed-guideway transit in the form of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and Commuter Rail (CRT) transit, which will converge in Downtown Cary at a multimodal facility that will serve as the Town’s central transfer hub. 

Project Schedule

The feasibility study is expected to be completed by Spring 2020. 


Danna Widmar, PLA, AICP
Director of Special Projects
(919) 460-4915