The Town of Chapel Hill’s North-South Bus Rapid Transit is the planned 8.2-mile line along the town’s busiest and most vital thoroughfare stretching from Eubanks Road in the north to the popular Southern Village in the south. As the region’s first BRT system, NSBRT will connect employees, students and residents to destinations throughout the town.
Here, members of the news media will find fact sheets, story ideas and contact information to guide their coverage of this project.
BRT, often referred to as “light rail on rubber tires,” combines high-capacity buses with exclusive traffic lanes and traffic signal priority to decrease travel times and improve the rider experience. BRT is efficient and enhances transit service by providing more frequent buses, shorter travel times and more reliable service.
The Town of Chapel Hill’s NSBRT will also be the first BRT system in the state.
ESTIMATED COST: $96 – $105M
Cost is dependent upon the final design of the corridor.
The project qualifies for Federal Transportation Administration Smart Start funds, which will provide between $50 – $75M for the project. Nonfederal share: $19 – 21M.
ANNUAL OPERATING COSTS: $3.4M
8.2 mile corridor from Eubanks Road Park & Ride to the Southern Village Park & Ride lot.
HOURS OF OPERATION
5:00 am – 11:00 pm during the week
8:00 am – 11:00 pm on the weekend
DAYS OF OPERATION: 7 days a week
ONE WAY FREQUENCY OF SERVICE:
Every 7.5 minutes during the day
Every 10 – 20 minutes early morning and at night
ESTIMATED AVERAGE DAILY RIDERSHIP: 8,575
NUMBER OF BRT VEHICLES: 12
STATION AREA POPULATION DENSITY: 2,297 (per sq. mile)
Station Area Job Density: 8,195 (per sq. mile)