Raleigh BRT: Equitable Development Around Transit

Last updated Jun. 11, 2019 - 5:20 pm
Raleigh BRT Rendering

The Wake County Transit Plan calls for Bus Rapid Transit to connect Raleigh and the region. Bus rapid transit service will serve existing neighborhoods and shape future growth. City Planning is working on a plan for how to foster fair development around transit.

Bus Rapid Transit can:

  • Connect people to jobs, education resources, and other opportunities
  • Support walkable places that support both housing and commercial destinations
  • Improve air quality by reducing the number of vehicles on the road
  • Save money for households who drive less or opt out of car ownership altogether

The "Equitable Development Around Transit Plan" will strive to achieve these benefits through smart planning.

What is equitable development around transit?


As the name suggests, equity is a core consideration of the "Equitable Development Around Transit Plan." To promote fairness in the development around BRT routes, this plan aims to:

  • Maintain and enhance housing affordability
  • Ensure accessibility to service from existing residential areas
  • Minimize displacement from rising real estate values
  • Increase ridership
  • Provide economic development opportunities


BRT must encourage sustainability by making the transit system accessible and easy to use. The result will be an enjoyable form of transportation.

Increasing ridership encourages sustainability by reducing:

  • The number of vehicles on the road.
  • The number of vehicle miles traveled.
  • And carbon emissions and other air pollutants.

Want to help plan to maximize the benefits of Bus Rapid Transit?

This process involves broad community discussion about how to maximize improved transit while delivering an equitable and sustainable solution. We want to hear you as we plan together.

In September, there will be in-person and online workshops. City staff will present to Citizen Advisory Commissions and other community groups between now and September. If you’d like us to speak with your group, reach out to project manager Jason Hardin at 919-703-7077.

Check out our survey where we ask a few questions about your thoughts on BRT in general.

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