The North-South Bus Rapid Transit project is an 8.2-mile transit, bicycle and pedestrian project along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, South Columbia Street and US 15-501 South. The goals are to improve access, capacity, convenience and travel time for riders from the Eubanks Road park-and-ride lot to the Southern Village park-and-ride lot. The proposed bus rapid transit line will operate in a combination of dedicated lanes and mixed traffic providing frequent, reliable and convenient transit service. The program was accepted into the development phase of the Federal Transit Administration’s competitive Small Starts program, which provides a federal match for major transit projects that cost less than $300 million.
In spring 2018, after selecting consultant teams to lead the detailed design and environmental work, Chapel Hill Transit kicked off the process to develop 30 percent design of the project. The next steps are to complete 30 percent design and the environmental study required for federally funded projects under the National Environmental Policy Act. The 30 percent and NEPA efforts are anticipated to be completed by November 2019. When these milestones have been met, Chapel Hill Transit plans to apply for a Full Funding Grant Agreement for the federal share of the project.