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Posted on: March 3, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Wake Transit Plan Update Presented to Town Council

At the March 1 Holly Springs Town Council meeting, Tim Maloney, director of Wake County Planning, Development & Inspections, gave an overview of the recommended Wake County Transit Plan, an effort to provide different ways for people to move around in the community, he said.

A portion of the plan calls for bus links from all towns to the central Raleigh area with links between smaller communities. The county would pay a 50% match for towns to establish and operate local bus services, Maloney said.

"It incentivizes those to start building those local town services," Maloney said.

The plan supports commuter rail from Garner to Durham with future rail connections to Johnston County or possibly Wake Forest, as well as expanded regional express bus service to major cities and the airport. More frequent bus service in urban areas and improved access to transit also are planned.

While no motion or vote from the Holly Springs Town Council was sought, council members Tom O’Brien, Hank Dickson and Linda Hunt Williams voiced questions or concerns about the plan. Williams said the plan would be a hard sell, and Dickson talked about how Holly Springs is emphasizing job creation within its own town limits, rather than transportation to remote work centers.

Also at the meeting, the council received an update on a downtown development investment agreement with the Holly Springs Counseling Center on Earp Street. Town development fees were waived for the project, which is under construction.

The council authorized funding for additional sewer line repairs along Irving Parkway in the Holly Springs Business Park. The council also authorized purchasing air packs and a fire marshal vehicle for the Fire Department. The council amended the personnel policy to allow Parks and Recreation incentives to Town employees and elected officials and updated a department policy to prohibit motorized recreational passenger vehicles in all parks without written authorization. Motorized power scooters for handicap accessibility would be permitted.

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