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Chapel Hill Transit North-South BRT Project


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Presentation by Brian Litchfield, Chapel Hill Transit Director at Lights, Camera, Advocacy! on Feb. 22, 2017

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Chapel Hill Transit North-South BRT Project

  1. 1. Chapel Hill Transit North South BRT Project Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber Lights, Camera, Advocacy! Chapel Hill, NC February 22, 2017
  2. 2. Chapel Hill Transit Overview CHT is the second largest transit system in North Carolina, serving Chapel Hill, Carrboro and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Responsibilities:  Fixed-route Bus Service (31 weekday & weekend routes)  EZ Rider (ADA Service)  Short and Long Range Transit Planning  Marketing and Public Relations  Major Transit Initiatives Staff (210 employees):  Operations – 168  Maintenance – 31  Administration – 11 Fleet (118 revenue vehicles):  Buses – 99 (29 hybrids)  Demand Response – 19
  3. 3. North-South BRT Project Background • Expands on previous regional and local planning • Continues key theme identified in the Chapel Hill 2020 Comprehensive Plan - “Getting Around” • Help provide a high-level of transit service to a critical transportation and development corridor and will serve as the backbone for a BRT system throughout the Chapel Hill Transit service area DCHC 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan Chapel Hill Bike Plan Carrboro Vision 2020 Chapel Hill Greenways Master Plan UNC Campus Master Plan
  4. 4. Context and Vision Prepares the Town to meet mobility demand as the region continues to grow: • Current system operates close to maximum capacity • Proposed system provides a long-term, scalable solution available to residents and visitors of the community • Connects to regional transit options • Supports current and planned development in the corridor with a multi- modal system that serves cyclists, pedestrians and other users
  6. 6. LPA Summary Costs are in 2015 dollars
  7. 7. 8.5K Rides Scale of Magnitude Dean Smith Center Capacity 21,750 Cameron Stadium Capacity 9,314
  8. 8. Without BRT Investment in the North-South Corridor • Transit trips will take up to 9 minutes longer – and will likely get worse as congestion increases • Traffic congestion will increase – driving through the corridor will take longer • Buses will become more crowded and less reliable as they’re stuck in traffic • Additional parking spaces will be necessary throughout the corridor • Development patterns will be less transit- supportive
  9. 9. Federal Small Starts Process North-South BRT was accepted into FTA’s Project Development (PD) in November 2016
  10. 10. Questions, Comments, Discussion BRIAN LITCHFIELD Transit Director (919) 969-4908 MILA VEGA Project Manager (919) 969-4916 Phone Project Website: Visualization video: