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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Overview of Chapel Hill Transit's North-South BRT Project, an 8-mile long bus rapid transit project through Chapel Hill, NC's historic downtown, which was accepted into the Federal Transit Administration's Small Starts Capital Investment Grant Program Project Development in Fall 2016.  The session is intended to provide an overview of BRT, the North-South project, and lessons learned on planning and implementing BRT.  

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. 


Dan Meyers

Invited Speaker

Dan Meyers is a senior project manager with AECOM and has over thirty years’ experience in projects related to transit planning and engineering. Over the last 20 years he has worked on FTA sponsored rapid transit planning, engineering and construction projects. This includes the preparation of New and Small Starts ... Read More

Julia Suprock

Invited Speaker

Julia Suprock is an urban planner with more than 10 years of experience in transit and transportation planning. She has led the alternative development and evaluation processes for several transit planning projects, including the preparation of Alternatives Analyses, Pre-Project Development Studies, and NEPA clearance documentation for projects seeking funding through ... Read More

Gavin Poindexter

Invited Speaker

Gavin Poindexter is Senior Transit Planner with more than 10 years of transit and transportation planning experience. He has lead/leading several projects in the FTA CIG (New Starts/Small Starts) program Pre-Project Development, Project Development, and Engineering phases and through the NEPA clearance process. Recent project work includes serving ... Read More

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