Community members and leaders gathered at The Franklin Hotel this weekend for open houses and focus groups on Chapel Hill Transit’s North-South Bus Rapid Transit (N-S BRT) project.
The sessions were part of a multi-year plan to implement a rapid transit bus system in Chapel Hill. The Rapid Transit project, which is expected to cost $140 million, is a planned bus route running between the Eubanks Road and Southern Village Park and Ride lots that will use dedicated bus lanes and traffic signal priority to decrease travel times. The route is scheduled to open and replace the NS Route in 2024.
“The idea behind BRT is so that it is more predictable and reliable,” said Drew Joyner, transportation planning department manager for engineering company AECOM.
Part of the Rapid Transit plan includes decreasing the number of stops made along the route and constructing enhanced bus stations. While the stations will include covered seating, improved pedestrian crossings and cyclist access, the specifics of the stations have yet to be decided. The July meetings aimed to gain community input on the stations and land use development of the nearby areas.
The information compiled at the Friday, Saturday and Sunday community events will be presented to the Town Council at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, July 15 at Chapel Hill Town Hall.