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What is the North-South BRT Project?

The Town of Chapel Hill’s North-South Bus Rapid Transit (N-S BRT) is the planned 8.2-mile line along one of the town’s busiest and most vital thoroughfares stretching from Eubanks Road in the north to the popular Southern Village in the south. As the region’s first BRT system, N-S BRT will connect employees, students, residents, and visitors to their regional connections and local destinations. Click here to learn more about the project’s history.

BRT 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.

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Click here for N-S BRT Fact Sheet 


The Town of Chapel Hill is planning the North-South Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project, an approximately 8-mile transit route with 17 stations that will connect downtown Chapel Hill, the University of North Carolina, and residential and commercial areas along Columbia Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard from Southern Village to the Eubanks Road Park-and-Ride Lot. The project includes new bicycle and pedestrian facilities alongside the BRT route for most of its length. Construction and operation of the project would require some minor changes to the following parks and trails:

  • Southern Community Park
  • Fan Branch Trail
  • Bolin Creek Trail
  • Carolina North Forest (PSNC Corridor)
  • Homestead Park and Upper Booker Trail

The Town is seeking public comment on potential impacts to the parks and trails. The comment period will open on July 19, 2021 and close on August 19, 2021.

Click here to learn more about the potential impacts to parks and trail. 

Please submit your comments here. 


Why BRT?

Cities around the country are launching BRT systems to improve transit reliability, shorten travel times, reduce congestion, and support economic development.

  • BRT Only Lanes separate buses from cars, allowing for faster, more efficient transportation for everyone.
  • Traffic Signal Priority systems hold green lights longer for approaching BRT vehicles.
  • High Capacity, Specialized Vehicles accommodate more riders than traditional buses and feature amenities such as onboard wireless internet and more comfortable seating than traditional buses.
  • State-of-the-Art Transit Stations provide more amenities for transit riders including covered seating, improved pedestrian crossings and cyclist access and real-time schedule information.
  • Improved Air Quality reduces traffic on roadways and mitigates air pollution.

How are cities and towns across the country using BRT to improve transit service, ease congestion and address environmental concerns?
Below is a short list of smaller U.S. cities that have launched BRT to improve transit in their communities.