Transit: Is Wake County ready for it? Was the topic of the evening on Thursday, June 26, 2008 as over 300 people gathered at the NCSU McKimmon Center to discuss transit. A number of sponsors made the event possible, including WakeUP Wake County, City of Raleigh, Capitol Broadcasting Company, and many others. The event was recorded by RTN and WRAL for taping and re-airing.
The forum started at 7:00 PM with introductions from WakeUP Wake County Chair, Karen Rindge, followed by Joe Bryan, Wake Board of Commissioners. Some interesting things mentioned by Karen and Joe: Wake County needs a multi-modal approach, there is a predicted $6B shortfall in Wake County over the next 20 years for transit funding, Wake County is the seventh fastest growing county in America, and the Triangle is 3rd worst in sprawl among the top 83 cities in America.
The keynote speaker was Carol Coletta, CEO, CEO’s for Cities. Coletta talked on the topic: “By Choice or by chance: How can transit help us plan for a future of growth?” The talk started with comparing the Triangle region to other areas, we are not the only one’s with education and transportation on the mind. (more…)