Since the early 2000s, we have seen explosive growth in Wake County and the surrounding area. In fact, three of the fastest growing communities in North Carolina are located in the area – Rolesville, Wake Forest, and Knightdale. As a new decade begins, an updated NEAS plan was needed to lay out a long-term vision for a multi-modal transportation network for the region. This included a detailed implementation strategy with short-term and mid-term recommendations to further that vision.
Previously, in 2014, CAMPO completed the original Northeast Area Study. Designed to be a sustainable transportation strategy for the area, the original study evaluated land use, economic development, and multimodal (freight, highway, transit (bus/rail), bicycle, and pedestrian) issues in the northeastern section of CAMPO’s planning area. The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) conducts area studies in order to achieve more robust public engagement and focus on specific network issues in smaller areas within its planning jurisdiction. Outcomes and recommendations from this NEAS Update will inform the 2050 Metropolitan Transportation Plan, which is a region-wide long-range transportation plan updated every 4 years.
The study area included parts of Franklin and Wake Counties, the City of Raleigh, as well as the Towns of Bunn, Franklinton, Knightdale, Rolesville, Wake Forest, Wendell, Youngsville, and Zebulon.
The NEAS Update involved extensive public engagement and an evaluation of transportation projects, policies, and priorities that may have evolved or shifted since the original study in 2014. Public engagement included stakeholder meetings, community outreach and online activities (posted on this site), municipal board presentations, and more.
The NEAS Update was developed through a partnership between the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO), Wake and Franklin Counties, North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), the City of Raleigh, and the Towns of Bunn, Franklinton, Knightdale, Rolesville, Wake Forest, Wendell, Youngsville, and Zebulon.