Durham and Wake Counties’ Commuter Rail Project

Over a million people are projected to make Wake and Durham counties their home over the next 25 years. The Wake County and Durham County Transit Plans give our residents, as well as visitors, another way to get around our vibrant community without spending time sitting in traffic.

The Durham-Wake Commuter Rail Project is an integral part of the transit plans in the two counties and will provide comfortable passenger service that allows riders to relax or work on their way to key destinations.

  • 37 miles of commuter rail service will run between Garner, downtown Raleigh, N.C. State University, Cary, Morrisville, RTP and Durham;
  • Up to eight trips will run in each direction during peak hours;
  • One to two trips will run each way during midday and evening hours; and
  • Will use the bus network to connect riders with key destinations like RDU Airport.

The Durham-Wake Commuter Rail Project began after the Special Transit Advisory Commission (STAC) identified the corridor between Durham and Raleigh as a priority for major transit investment.

In 2011, GoTriangle completed an alternatives analysis which recommended Commuter Rail in the North Carolina Railroad corridor between West Durham and Garner. In 2013, the Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization (DCHC MPO) and Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) included the commuter rail project in the 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan.

Wake County included the commuter rail project in the Wake County Transit Plan and voters approved a half-cent sales tax referendum to fund the plan in November 2016. NCRR completed a track capacity study that looked at other commuter rail scenarios in the corridor.

As part of the Wake Transit plan, GoTriangle and other partners including CAMPO, the City of Raleigh, Town of Cary and City of Durham will be starting planning work for this year.

A short video about a commuter rail operating in Northern Virginia