WACO TRANSIT SYSTEM

Waco Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project

Overview & Background

Waco Transit System (WTS) is developing a 13-mile BRT route that would offer safe, reliable and efficient transitservice by providing buses every 15-minutes during peak service hours, extending service hours to 10 p.m., and providing service on Sundays.

In 2018 WTS and the Waco Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) finalized the Waco BRT Feasibility Study. The result of this community-driven effort was the identification of the BRT corridor with the greatest potential to support transit investment improvements, designated as the LocallyPreferred Alternative (LPA). The BRT route is oriented in a northeast-southwest direction and if implementedwould serve industrial and commercial employment centers, the Central Business District, as well as important retail centers for residents and visitors. It would also connect Waco with theadjacent cities of Woodway, Beverly Hills, Bellmead and Lacy-Lakeview. The proposed BRT route would also provide better and more efficient transfers to other routes operated by Waco TransitSystem.

The project is now at the next phase in the development process which involves preliminary engineering and environmental review. The purpose for advancing this project with the goal of implementing BRT service in Waco is to offer residents enhanced mobility and to provide improved access to jobs, medical and social services, and educational facilities. Ultimately, the project would connect the community through a safe and rapid transit ride.

Current Phase & Next Steps

Current Phase

Preliminary Engineering (30% Design) & Environmental Review Process

Waco Transit System (WTS) has completed the preliminary engineering and environmental review process for the proposed 13-mile bus rapid transit (BRT) project. As part of this phase, the WTS refined the BRT station design and conducted evaluations to confirm the location for the proposed BRT stations. Completing this critical process further advances the development of Waco’s first BRT project to provide safe, reliable and efficient transit service.

Next Steps

Route Re-alignment Study

The City of Waco is conducting a 9-month route re-alignment study currently scheduled to begin in Fall 2021. The study will be conducted concurrently while the BRT project remains in the Project Development phase. The purpose of the study is to redesign the current fixed route system for WTS to better connect transit dependent populations within the Waco Urbanized Area to regional centers of employment and other important destinations. The goal of the study is to achieve a maximum one-way travel time.

The study team will work with the following governments and/or agencies to provide input on the proposed service: Cities of Bellmead, Beverly Hills, Hewitt, Lacy-Lakeview, Robinson, Waco, Woodway and McLennan County.

Funding Evaluation and Rating

Final Design

FTA Project Schedule

Public Input

Thank to everyone that submitted comments during the Preliminary Engineering (30% Design) & Environmental Review Process.  The public involvement phase for this process took place between October 20, 2020 and July 2, 2021. 

A listing of the public comments received during the Preliminary Engineering (30% Design) & Environmental Review Process and the responses provided by the project team may be viewed HERE.

Questions/Comments

phone: (254) 750-1900
email: wtscomments@wacotx.gov

Proposed BRT Route and Station Locations

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Features of the proposed Waco BRT Service include:

Frequent Service

Frequent Service

A bus every 15 minutes, during peak-hour service.

Service Span

Service Span

Later service and weekend service.

Stations

Stations

A sense of comfort, security and accessibility.

Guideway

Transit Guideway

Dedicated space for transit where possible.

Technology

Technology

Technology for safe, easy to use transit.

 

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