Chapel Hill North-South BRT: Customizing Transit Design to Fit the Community

APA North Carolina Chapter


Wednesday, September 27, 2017
3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. EDT

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By the end of this session, participants will have a better understanding of BRT as a mode, in general, and the North-South BRT project, in particular.  

The session will begin with an overview definition of BRT - how it's defined, where it operates, and it's benefits and challenges - and an overview of the Federal Transit Administration's Capital Investment Grant Program.  

The session will then focus on the North-South BRT project in Chapel Hill, NC, including how the North-South Study Team defined the mode, route, station locations, and service plan; how ridership, capital, and operating costs were calculated; and how station area, traffic/parking, and environmental impacts were estimated.  The session will include an overview of the interactive spreadsheet tool that was developed to help demonstrate trade-offs between design decisions and drive the decision-making process.  

The session will conclude with a summary of lessons learned when planning and designing federally-competitive BRT projects. 

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Benjamin Howell,