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the 10-year, $2.3 bil­lion ef­fort to im­prove bus ser­vice and build a com­muter rail line be­tween Garner and Durham.

“It pro­vides the con­nec­tiv­ity and ca­pac­ity we need for our ex­panded rail and bus sys­tems to work to­gether to get our res­i­dents where they need to go,” Holmes said in a state­ment. “The other ex­cit­ing piece of the project is the new in­fra­struc­ture it will bring to down­town Raleigh – ho­tels, of­fices, re­tail stores and af­ford­able hous­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties – all of which are im­por­tant com­po­nents to con­tin­u­ing our eco­nomic growth.”

GoTri­an­gle al­ready owns 1.77 acres just north of Raleigh Union Sta­tion where RUSBus would be built. The agency’s pre­de­ces­sor, the Tri­an­gle Tran­sit Au­thor­ity, ac­quired the prop­erty more than a decade ago for what it hoped would be a down­town com­muter rail sta­tion. The prop­erty, bor­dered by West and Har­gett streets, con­sists of two-story brick ware­house and of­fice build­ings, in­clud­ing the for­mer head­quar­ters of the Dil­lon Sup­ply Co., which would be in­cor­po­rated into the project.

The grant comes from the U.S. Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion’s BUILD pro­gram, which be­gan ac­cept­ing pro­pos­als from lo­cal gov­ern­ments and tran­sit agen­cies ear­lier this year. The GoTri­an­gle grant was one of three projects the DOT chose to fund in North Car­olina. The N.C. Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion will re­ceive $23 mil­lion to re­place about 77 bridges in ru­ral coun­ties, and the City of Hick­ory will get $17 mil­lion to de­velop a 1.7-mile bi­cy­cle and pedes­trian trail and over­haul a 1.2-mile loop road down­town.

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An artist’s ren­der­ing shows the Raleigh Union Sta­tion Bus project on the west side of down­town Raleigh, which would also in­clude park­ing and of­fice space.

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