November 21, 2016: The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) notified Chapel Hill Transit that the North-South Corridor Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project was formally accepted into the FTA’s Small Starts Project Development program. This acceptance into the FTA program will mean that the BRT project can move forward into further engineering analysis and environmental impact review. Read the Executive Summary here.
June 6, 2016: The North-South Corridor Study Locally Preferred Alternative Report is available.
April 27, 2016: The Chapel Hill Town Council adopted a Locally Preferred Alternative for the North-South Corridor Study Details.
The North-South Corridor Study visualization video (click here or on Video icon above) demonstrates conceptual runningway options along the corridor. Its purpose is to demonstrate how vehicular, bus, bicycle and pedestrian traffic might operate under various scenarios. The video does not represent actual final design but rather helps visualize different runningway options.
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The North-South Corridor Study itself is the first step in a multi-phased federal process. The chart below shows key process milestones that would need to be accomplished after completion of this study.
About the NSC Study: Chapel Hill Transit is conducting the North-South Corridor Alternatives Analysis, “North-South Corridor Study” for short, to evaluate the best methods for moving more residents and commuters along the MLK Boulevard and 15-501 South corridor. An AA is a detailed study of all reasonable transportation alternatives within a corridor that addresses identified transportation problems. The study area runs from the Eubanks Road Park & Ride lot (a northern terminus) and the popular Southern Village (the southern terminus) and points in between.
The goals of the study are to:
- Improve travel capacity and mobility
- Provide rapid and reliable transit throughout the corridor.
- Create positive opportunities for economic development around stations
- Produce a Locally Preferred Alternative as a step to securing Federal funding to support transit improvements in this corridor.