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The north-south corridor study

Chapel Hill TransitNorth South BRT Project

Chapel Hill-Carrboro ChamberLights, Camera, Advocacy!Chapel Hill, NCFebruary 22, 2017

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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 168Maintenance 31Administration 11

Fleet (118 revenue vehicles): Buses 99 (29 hybrids) Demand Response 19

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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 PlanChapel Hill Bike PlanCarrboro Vision 2020Chapel Hill Greenways Master PlanUNC Campus Master Plan

Context and VisionPrepares 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

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STUDY CORRIDOR: VIDEO https://vimeo.com/148875630

LPA Summary Costs are in 2015 dollars

8,575 daily BRT trips in 2013; the 2040 forecast is 12,125.

Corridor riders (BRT + other corridor routes) = 14,375 in 2013; 19,875 in 2040.

BRT service plan optimizes underlying local service, in addition to replacing the NS with BRT:BRT attracts 2,875 new riders system-wide.The BRT corridor (BRT + underlying routes) ridership is 43 percent higher than the corridor No Build scenario (14,375 vs 10,050 - 2013 numbers)

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8.5K Rides Scale of Magnitude

Dean Smith Center Capacity 21,750Cameron Stadium Capacity 9,314

Without BRT Investment in the North-South Corridor Transit trips will take up to 9 minutes longer and will likely get worse as congestion increasesTraffic congestion will increase driving through the corridor will take longerBuses will become more crowded and less reliable as theyre stuck in trafficAdditional parking spaces will be necessary throughout the corridorDevelopment patterns will be less transit-supportive

Federal Small Starts Process

North-South BRT was accepted into FTAs Project Development (PD) in November 2016

North-South BRT was accepted into FTAs Project Development (PD)Adopted OCBRIP includes $6.1M of local funds to advance the project Costs and schedule will be further refined during the PD phase

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Questions, Comments, Discussion BRIAN LITCHFIELDTransit Director (919) 969-4908blitchfiled@townofchapelhill.org

MILA VEGAProject Manager(919) 969-4916 Phonemvega@townofchapelhill.org

Project Website: www.nscstudy.org

Visualization video:https://vimeo.com/148875630

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