Wilmington and Saunders Split Aerial View


Station Area Planning: Southern

Connecting neighborhoods to Southern BRT

Fall 2023 Open Houses

Share your thoughts at one of our open houses.
We will be sharing the same information at each Open House.

Wednesday, December 6, 2023
5:30-7:30 p.m.

Chavis Community Center
505 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.

Thursday, December 7, 2023
4-6 p.m.

Peach Road Park
911 Ileagnes Road

  • What would you like to see in your neighborhood close to BRT stations?
  • How can the community benefit from BRT and investment in Station Areas?

Station area planning is the process of planning for future bus rapid transit (BRT) stations. It involves planning for where people will walk and bike to transit and how the areas around BRT can grow to support healthy, affordable, and equitable neighborhoods.

This process is separate from the design of the Southern BRT stations and bus lanes. It is a community planning process that will consider areas within a short walk of the BRT stations along S. Wilmington Street.

Are you interested in supporting housing affordability, better places to walk and bike, and reducing carbon emissions and air pollution around future transit routes? Come plan with us!

Project Details

Corridor Studies
Project Lead:
Hannah Reckhow, Senior Planner



Hannah Reckhow, Senior Planner 
Project Manager 

Lead Department:
Planning and Development
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Area plans are an important part of how the city adapts to change and addresses key issues, such as housing affordability, walkability, and reducing carbon emissions. To learn more about area planning in general visit the info page. 

Area plans offer a chance to dive deeply into issues and concerns in specific parts of the city. In this case, the focus is on neighborhoods along S. Wilmington Street.

Wake BRT

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 Bus Rapid Transit corridors within Wake County: east along New Bern Avenue, south along South Wilmington Street, north (route has not been finalized), and west along Western Boulevard.

Equitable Development Around Transit

The foundation of BRT station area planning is the Equitable Development Around Transit plan. That process looked at all four BRT corridors and looked to answer two big questions:

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

The Equitable Transit-Oriented Development Guidebook outlines a path toward meeting those goals. 

It includes strategies and tools for allowing more people to live and work in areas near BRT, to improve housing affordability and choice, and to make it easier and safer to go places by walking or biking. 

Lead Department:
Planning and Development


The Western and Southern Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Corridors have a rich and significant history, particularly for Raleigh’s Black community. As Raleigh plans for BRT service through this part of the city, acknowledging, celebrating, and learning from this history is vital.

In 2022, Planning and Development hired Ari Green, a PhD candidate in American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, to document the history of these corridors, with a focus on the Black Communities rooted here, whose stories are often untold. This Storymap is the product of extensive research, including archival research, interviews with community leaders, and review of existing planning documents. Please visit the Storymap to learn more.

What’s a Storymap?
A Storymap is an interactive tool that combines maps and data to show and tell stories of a place. This Storymap brings the story of Raleigh’s Western Blvd to life through a presentation of things like historic photos and accounts of past events tied to physical places on a map.

Moving Forward
In documenting and acknowledging the history of the communities along the Western and Southern BRT Corridors, the Storymap also helps us consider how Bus Rapid Transit along Western Boulevard can help respond to some of the past inequities of the communities surrounding Western Boulevard and design infrastructure and services that benefit all of Raleigh’s residents.

Explore the history of the corridor and learn more about what exists today on Western Boulevard. View the “Complicated Legacies: A Deep Dive into Raleigh’s Black Communities Along the Western Bus Rapid Transit Corridor.

Lead Department:
Planning and Development


Project Scope

The scope for this Station Area Plan includes five key elements:

  • First and last mile mobility
  • Housing affordability and anti-displacement
  • Business support and stabilization
  • Zoning, land use, and urban design
  • Effective and equitable engagement


Roughly 38,000 people live within a mile of the Southern BRT route. Residents come from a diverse array of racial, ethnic, and linguistic backgrounds. The proposed corridors are also home to numerous small businesses and organizations. To be successful, this project will plan with community residents and business owners.

To guide the engagement of this project, the City Council has appointed a Community Leaders Group. In addition, two members of the communities around the Southern BRT route will help get the word out as the project’s Community Connectors.

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Lead Department:
Planning and Development