Information about Bus Rapid Transit (“BRT”) projects in the City of Raleigh and Wake County.

Bus Rapid Transit

In November of 2016, Wake County voters approved a plan for focused investment in public transit which puts the implementation of the Wake County Transit Plan in motion. The plan calls for building approximately 20 miles of transit lanes along four (4) Bus Rapid Transit corridors within Wake County (Wake BRT).

BRT Resource Guide

What is BRT?

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) definition from Federal Transit Administration: 

BRT is a high-capacity bus-based transit system that delivers fast and efficient service that may include dedicated lanes, busways, traffic signal priority, off-board fare collection, elevated platforms and enhanced stations. 

BRT has several distinguishing features which are described below.

BRT buses have their own lane in traffic. Dedicated lanes prevent traffic delays, even during rush hour. Keeping BRT buses separate from general traffic also reduces the risk of collisions, increasing the safety for all vehicles.

BRT buses can coordinate with traffic signals along their route, receiving a longer green light if running late. This increases efficiency and allows the buses to stay on schedule.

With dedicated lanes and less frequent stops, BRT buses can stick closely to their schedules.  BRT buses also will have GPS tracking, so stations can display live, accurate updates for bus arrival time. The goal is to have BRT buses running approximately 15 minutes all day.

Passengers will pay the fare at the station, instead of on the bus. This will eliminate wait times and the potential for confusion when boarding the bus. The BRT fare will be the same as all GoRaleigh fares.