Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) creates dedicated bus lanes on local roads so bus operators can bypass traffic and keep their routes on schedule. The plan calls for building approximately 20 miles of BRT lanes.
Those lanes will be on portions of New Bern Avenue between Raleigh Boulevard and WakeMed, Capital Boulevard between Peace Street and the Wake Forest Road intersection, South Wilmington Street toward Garner, and Western Boulevard between Raleigh and Cary. Along these corridors, buses also would have priority treatment at traffic signals.
BRT stops will feature raised platforms, making it easier for passengers with wheelchairs, strollers or bicycles to board the bus.
Below are the major deliverables from the Wake Transit Major Investment Study work on Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). All of the documents are in PDF format:
- BRT Peer Review – examines other BRT projects around the country and provides insights for implementing BRT in Wake County
- BRT Existing Conditions – reviews current physical and human environment conditions of corridors where BRT is proposed in Wake County, and provides an assessment of the travel markets for BRT
- BRT Design Standards and Performance Measures – provides goals for high-performing BRT service in Wake County, and provides metrics to evaluate how proposed BRT projects would perform
- BRT Transportation Problem Identification Statement – explains which transportation challenges BRT is meant to address as part of the Wake Transit Plan
- BRT Evaluation Framework Results* – applies the BRT Design Standards and Performance Measures to proposed BRT corridors in Wake County to evaluate their potential benefits, and identify issues to be studied further for implementation by the project sponsor, GoRaleigh
The Western Boulevard Corridor was identified as one of four BRT corridors in the Wake Transit Plan. The Wake BRT: Western Boulevard Planning Study is intended to bridge the gap between the Major Investment Study and Project Development for the new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service between Downtown Raleigh and Downtown Cary (the ‘Western BRT’ service). The output of this study is intended to leverage existing and recently adopted studies to position the corridor for successful BRT implementation. The goals of the study are to:
- Identify preferred alignment for BRT connection into downtown Cary
- Understand the redevelopment potential along the Western Blvd. corridor
- Generate consensus for a conceptual land use strategy for the corridor
- Identify engineering hot spots and coordinate with other planned improvements