A Sneak Peek at the New Moore Square Station Design

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A good bit of public attention has gone to the fact that Raleigh’s getting a shiny new multi-modal station in the Warehouse District to replace the current train station. But over at Moore Square, the long-time hub for city buses is also getting a major facelift.

City Councilors Tuesday got a look at the schematic this week for the redesigned downtown bus station. The upgrade includes a complete facelift, new screens for real-time bus arrivals, and, planners hope, a friendlier feel for riders. All the while architects and city transit staffers say they will be able to keep the station open through construction.

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Council members have yet to award the construction contract.

Jason Horne, vice chair of the Raleigh Transit Authority, told Councilors construction could begin as soon as the spring.

The $7-million price tag will be covered by a combination of local, state and federal funding that has already been set aside for the project. Raleigh’s share of the cost comes from the transportation bond approved by voters last year.

The redesigned station will include new bathrooms, a ticket booth, signage, benches, more open space and a bigger waiting area. The new design also includes screens to give riders real-time updates on when buses will arrive.

The hardest part of the design, Horne said, was to keep the station “open and running during construction.”

2 thoughts on “A Sneak Peek at the New Moore Square Station Design

  1. Overall, the plan looks great. The renovations are needed, and I hope the bus station will stay in it’s current location for the foreseeable future.

    However the restrooms have the same number as toilets as the current restrooms, they’re too small. Riders should not have to wait in line to use the restroom as both men and women sometimes currently do… this should be addressed.

    Also, I don’t think a distinct area should be included for bus layovers… this area will limit idling buses to using the Blount Street entrance only. Instead, this could be converted to another bus loading area by adding canopies and seating. With 2 more docks for bus loading, idling buses should have sufficient room to use any entrance and idle in the most convenient loading area.