Construction starts for $275 million Raleigh Union Station Bus Facility, mixed-use development

25 April 2022

— GoTriangle leaders and development partners announced Monday the start of construction for the Raleigh Union Station Bus Facility, to be called RUS Bus.

The future 500,000-square-foot, mixed-use development will be between West Street and Raleigh Union Station in downtown Raleigh’s Warehouse District.

The approximate $275 million project is expected to weave together a new bus facility with residential, hospitality and retail spaces in one central hub.

“It’ll be a truly multi-modal, transit-oriented development, and we’re really excited about this project,” said GoTriangle’s President and CEO Charles Lattuca.

Construction will start with site preparation. It includes preserving a portion of the existing West Street warehouse facade, which developers plan to incorporate into the new structure.

Lattuca said the buses will be stylish, comfortable and will have WiFi.

The plans call to build two high-rise buildings up to 40 stories tall, 18,000 square feet of retail space, 400-plus apartments and 200 hotel rooms.

GoTriangle has also proposed commuter rail to connect parts of the Triangle. Earlier this month, Lattuca said the goal of the GoTriangle commuter rail plan would be to reduce the number of vehicle-miles traveled. He estimated up to 12,000 people per day would ride a proposed 43-mile, 15-station system between Durham and Clayton.

Lattuca estimated that more than 750,000 people will move to the Triangle between 2020 and 2040, citing the Triangle Regional Model. It would bring an additional 700,000 vehicles.

GoTriangle leaders provided this rendering of the Raleigh Union Station Bus Facility set to open by mid-2025.

The Warehouse District’s new transportation facility will include off-street transit space for local and regional buses. It will also include a new pedestrian bridge to connect the to-be-built RUS Bus station to Raleigh Union Station, the train station. There will also be infrastructure to support a future Bus Rapid Transit station.

“As the population of Wake County grows at a rapid clip, GoTriangle and its partners are working to advance transit options, promote housing affordability and foster economic growth,” said Wake County Commissioner and GoTriangle Board Chair Sig Hutchinson.

GoTriangle leaders tell WRAL News that the existing GoRaleigh Station at 214 South Blount St. will continue to operate.

Phase II for Raleigh Union Station

GoTriangle acquired the RUS Bus site – the former Dillon Supply property – in 2005 with support from a Federal Transit Administration grant. The public component of the project, including the off-street transit facility, is funded in part by a $20 million U.S. Department of Transportation grant as well as the state and the county matching funds.

“RUS Bus – linked to Raleigh Union Station – will help us take a giant leap toward our vision of a regional transit network that connects people to opportunities and a choice of travel options,” Raleigh Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin said in a news release. “Whenever we can build walkable, mixed-use communities connected to transit, everyone wins.”

Project partners Hoffman & Associates are planning to have a groundbreaking in spring 2023. Workers are expected to complete the new transit facility by mid-2025, and the commercial development is expected to open by early 2026.

“We are honored to have the opportunity to work alongside GoTriangle and continue to shape the landscape of downtown Raleigh while enhancing the area’s connectivity,” said John Florian, Hoffman & Associates’ Executive Vice President for the Southern regional office. “RUS Bus will serve as a crucial piece in downtown Raleigh’s transportation and connectivity goals alongside a thoughtfully integrated mixed-use development and community space.

“As Raleigh continues to see expansive growth, RUS Bus will deliver expanded services and value to the greater community.”

Raleigh’s Union Station opened in July 2018.

GoTriangle leaders provided this rendering of the Raleigh Union Station Bus Facility set to open by mid-2025.

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