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.
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.