Raleigh BRT Rendering

Zoning, Planning, and Development

Equitable Development Around Transit

Bus Rapid Transit in Raleigh

The Wake County Transit Plan calls for bus rapid transit (BRT) to connect Raleigh and the region. Bus rapid transit service will serve existing neighborhoods and shape future growth. The Equitable Development around Transit (EDAT) plan is an effort to consider future growth around transit and ensure that the benefits created by transit investment are shared broadly.

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

Fully achieving these benefits means thinking about areas around transit stations. The Equitable Development process will focus on how and to what extent the city grows around transit.

Project Details

Corridor Studies
Project Lead:
Jason Hardin



Jason Hardin, AICP
Senior Planner

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Next Steps

In addition to adding the Equitable Development policy to the Comprehensive Plan, an immediate next step is applying that policy through a station area planning process on New Bern Avenue. That project is beginning this spring. See the project page for more information and for how you can shape the study!

Equitable Development Project Report

This process has aimed to answer two big questions that came with the decision to invest in bus rapid transit? 

1) To what extent should Raleigh grow more around transit, as opposed to driving, in the future?  

2) How do we ensure the benefits of BRT are shared equitably? 

We’ve heard clearly that Raleigh should work toward becoming a much more sustainable and transit-oriented city, and that affordable housing is absolutely critical.  

We’ve now published the EquitableTransit-Oriented Development Guidebook, which outlines a path toward meeting those goals. The guidebook recommends a set of strategies, including allowing more height around BRT stations, addressing pedestrian safety issues, and using new and existing tools for providing affordable housing and supporting other equity-related efforts.  

Don’t have time to read a planning report? Check out the video, which hits the highlights of the report and recommendations.

Let us know what you think. How well do the report’s recommendations meet the goals of growing more around transit and ensuring equity? Please take this quick survey.

Just have comments or questions? Contact Jason Hardin at Jason.Hardin@raleighnc.gov or 919-996-2657 or Matthew Klem at Matthew.Klem@raleighnc.gov or 919-996-4637, they’re glad to hear from you.

Project Engagement

The second phase of engagement for the EDAT study concluded in the Spring of 2020. These efforts included two public meetings where the recommendations of the EDAT project were discussed. If you missed those workshops, you can more information here:

We also held community conversations on the topics of Equity and Affordability and Growing around Transit.

See the results of the Raleigh BRT: Equitable Development Around Transit (Equity and Sustainability) survey.

What is equitable development around transit?

Equity and sustainability are core goals of this project. The BRT service and this planning process are intended to both serve existing neighborhoods and shape future growth.


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


Investing in transit and encouraging thoughtful development around transit stations can:

  • Reduce vehicle miles traveled
  • Reduce carbon emissions and other air pollutants
  • Support active and healthy lifestyles.
  • Reduce overall household expenses

Want to learn more? Listen to a presentation that sets out the project’s goals and looks at examples of equitable development from other cities.

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