Triangle Transit currently operates 2 bus routes that serve Apex: Route 305 and Route 311. Route 305 runs from Lake Pine Plaza near Kroger through Cary to downtown Raleigh. Route 311 runs from Apex through Research Triangle Park to the Triangle Transit Regional Transit Center. The 311 has stops in Apex at Scott’s Galaxy Foods, Lake Pine Plaza, and Apex Town Hall.
There are no other planned Triangle Transit bus routes to serve Apex at this time. A number of factors are considered when determining new bus routes and stops within the Triangle region. Sustainable development patterns, walkable communities, and higher density development create destinations that will support transit.
Due to the extensive capital and operational costs involved, Triangle Transit must justify new routes by estimating ridership. For more information on bus service, visit gotriangle.org.
Passenger rail service in the Triangle has been a popular topic for many years. A previous plan to create a passenger rail system connecting the major cities of the Triangle was postponed in 2006 because of a lack of federal funding for the project. A new plan has resurfaced as a component of a broader multiple modal transportation project for the region.
Special Transit Advisory Commission
The Special Transit Advisory Commission (STAC), made up of 38 citizens of the Triangle area, has provided recommendations to both the Durham Chapel Hill Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization (DCHC) and the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) for improved transit access in the Triangle for the future. The STAC Regional Transit Vision consists of an enhanced region-wide bus network, bus/trolley circulators, and both heavy and light passenger rail service.
The rail component of the project is a passenger rail service that would use self-propelled diesel rail cars on existing railroad tracks to connect Durham, Research Triangle Park, Cary, and Raleigh. Rail stations would link area downtowns, and other destination points, with a light rail spur connecting to Chapel Hill.
Other extensions would include expanding bus and vanpool service to serve the smaller towns like Apex. In the future, as ridership grew and funding became available, regional rail could be extended where rail corridors exist and an operating agreement with the railroads can be negotiated. Possible future destinations for long-term rail extensions include the Town of Apex.