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The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), GoTriangle and the Regional Transportation Alliance business coalition have released the preliminary findings of a cooperative study aimed at accelerating a regional network of transit routes to better connect the state's Triangle area.
The proposed Freeway and Street-based Transit (FAST) network concept calls for transforming roadways into multimodal corridors. Consulting firm VHB is leading the FAST study with team members Stantec and Catalyst Design.
Initial findings call for a network that would complement upcoming investments in commuter rail and bus rapid transit (BRT), directly serve Raleigh-Durham International Airport and Research Triangle Park, as well as capitalize on ongoing and future highway projects, according to an NCDOT press release.
"The department believes the FAST approach could serve as a template for many areas across the state to advance regional transit," said Julie White, NCDOT's deputy secretary for multimodal transportation.
Preliminary findings include the potential for completing a BRT system with multiple links to commuter rail.
"GoTriangle is constantly looking for more efficient and innovative ways to serve the growing Triangle area," said Michael Parker, GoTriangle chair. "The FAST approach and potential projects will inspire, inform and advance new ideas that can lead our agency and our regional transit partners into a new era of enhanced transit for our community."