Uptown BRT Project bus rolling on street

 

Introduction

The Uptown Development Authority (Uptown) is building a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project on Post Oak Blvd. to deliver transit service from Westpark to the Northwest Transit Center (NWTC).

METRO has been coordinating with Uptown throughout the project, which began in 2013, and will provide transit service when the project is completed.

Uptown, in turn, will build a new transit center at Westpark Drive which will serve as the southern terminus of the line. Uptown will also create a dedicated busway in the median of Post Oak Boulevard from Westpark to the intersection of Post Oak and IH-610. Other pieces to connect this dedicated busway for BRT to the NWTC are being undertaken by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and METRO. Please refer to the map below to see each agency’s project limits.

Uptown BRT Project map

Uptown BRT Project street side view sketch

METRO’s Project Role

Vehicles

METRO will purchase a special vehicle for the BRT service:

  • Proposed vehicle is a three-door articulated bus
  • Seating for approximately 48 and room for standing
  • Near level boarding meeting ADA requirements with and space for wheelchairs, strollers, bikes, walkers, etc.

The METRO Board will approve a unique brand that identifies BRT vehicles as a special type of high-capacity service. The schedule calls for METRO to begin receiving vehicles in mid-2018 and to be ready to open in March 2019.

Northwest Transit Center (NWTC)

On the north end the Uptown BRT will connect to the METRO bus system at the NWTC. A new transit center on Westpark Drive will connect at the south end. The NWTC is being expanded to accommodate both the New Bus Network and the Uptown BRT:

  • About 250 spaces added north of the transit center across Old Katy Road
  • Bus bays increased from 12 to approximately 20 bays
  • Accommodations for the Uptown BRT vehicles
  • Better pedestrian and bicycle amenities
  • Reconfigured driveways for improved access and safety
  • Improved way-finding and signage

Uptown Project Status

Following is a brief update on Uptown’s project progress as of March 2016:

  • Uptown project design is complete
  • Additional right-of-way on Post Oak Boulevard is being acquired
  • Busway construction is scheduled to begin summer of 2016 and anticipated to be complete in spring of 2019
  • The Texas Department of Transportation is building elevated bus lanes from Post Oak Boulevard  to N. Post Oak Road along the West Loop (north of Memorial) where METRO bus lanes will connect to Northwest Transit Center

Learn more about the Uptown Development Authority Uptown BRT Project >>

Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT’s) role

Learn more on the West Loop Bus Lanes Project >>