But after outlining potential solutions, including bus systems and railways, questions still lingered.
The consulting group HNTB Inc. started an evaluation of the area in 1995, at the council's request. The council initiated the study to look into the most viable solutions for eliminating congestion along the corridor between Chapel Hill and Durham.
David Bonk, Chapel Hill's transportation planner, presented the report to the council outlining the issue and possible solutions.
Bonk said the ridership on the Chapel Hill public transit system totaled 39,000 riders a day in 1995. He said that by 2025, this number is expected to be closer to 119,000.
Bonk said potential solutions include improving the existing bus systems and creating a light railway system.
The new bus system would include a guideway system where buses would have their own roads, separate from the main flow of traffic.
There also is a possible system that would combine traffic and guideways for the public transit.
The second option Bonk presented for reducing traffic is using lightrail transit in the corridor. The proposed lightrail would use either electric or diesel power.
A key difference between the electric and diesel trains is the cost of construction and operation, he said. The electric system costs between 20 and 30 percent more than the diesel trains, he said.