Chapel Hill Transit is considering options to build new bus lanes or convert existing traffic lanes ahead of the anticipated North-South Bus Rapid Transit route.
N-S BRT will be the region’s first bus rapid transit system and is the main transit solution town officials are advocating for. It will span 8.2 miles from Eubanks Road Park & Ride to the Southern Village Park & Ride Lot.
“We are getting to the point where we have the project about 30 percent designed and engineered, meaning we have a pretty firm grip on what the project is, and we just need to do a little further revising to really nail down to the – to like the inch – where all the project is going to be,” said Jeffrey Sullivan, community outreach manager for Chapel Hill Transit.
The route will operate seven days a week, with buses running every eight minutes during the day and every 10 to 20 minutes during the early morning and night. The project is expected to use high-capacity buses and traffic signal priority to achieve an estimated daily ridership of about 8,500.
“Once the BRT is up and running, we’re actually hoping to use about a 7 1/2 minute headway, so a bus will come every 7 1/2 minutes,” said Matt Cecil, transit development manager for Chapel Hill Transit.