Waco BRT Proposed Station Locations and Design

Following the 2018 Feasibility Study that helped identify BRT as a viable transit option for the City of Waco, Waco Transit System and the Waco Metropolitan Planning Organization selected a locally preferred alternative for the proposed 13-mile BRT route that features 14 stations. Three additional BRT stations are planned as potential future infill stations. The proposed station locations have been refined based on survey and preliminary engineering.

The proposed BRT stations include a platform on each side of the street to allow passengers to board at the station for trips in either direction. One exception is at North Loop 340 and Scroggins Road where the platform on the north side of the road is not proposed to be constructed until  TxDOT is still in the conceptual planning for significant roadway improvements. During this refinement process, the project team has also identified opportunities to enhance pedestrian safety and connectivity near BRT station areas by adding new crosswalks and sidewalk.

BRT Station Siting Guidelines

As part of the BRT station siting process we have utilized the following guidelines to evaluate the siting locations:

  • Available infrastructure (for example, sidewalks, streetlights, traffic signals etc.)

  • BRT station size requirements

  • Impacts to the existing roadway, parking, and bicycle/pedestrian network

  • Land availability and type (for example, public right-of-way, private, etc.)

  • Proximity to other BRT stations and WTS fixed routes

  • Surrounding private development plans

BRT Station Location and Design Updates 

Listed below is a listing of the significant updates that were made to some the Waco BRT station locations and design based on the 30% preliminary engineering and environmental review process.

Station Location Updates

Franklin Avenue and New Road

  • The station location at Franklin Avenue and New Road was added to the overall plan as a potential future infill station. Initially, the New Road station was planned to be located at one of two locations (Franklin Avenue or US-84). During the Feasibility Study, it was determined that both locations served the goals of the project. Through the inter-agency coordination process in 30% design, it was verified that significant reconstruction is planned for the intersection of Franklin Avenue and New Road. Since the intersection improvement plans at Franklin Avenue and New Road are very conceptual, it was impossible to be confident in the long-term location for the BRT platforms. With the US-84 improvements in final design, it was determined that the initial build should include a station at US-84 and New Road. The station location at Franklin Avenue and New Road was added to the overall plan as a potential future infill station location for further consideration as the intersection improvement plans become solidified.

 

North Loop 340 and Scroggins Road 

  • The BRT station at North Loop 340 and Scroggins Road will only feature one platform on the south side of the road. Without a traffic signal North Loop 340 is currently not safe for pedestrian crossings. Preliminary analysis indicated there is not enough pedestrian or vehicle traffic at either Scroggins Road or Research Way to warrant a traffic signal. The ideal solution would be a pedestrian overpass or underpass. With that level of investment, we want to be sure that it would serve the community for decades. Since TxDOT is considering significant changes to this corridor, the time is not right for such investment in a pedestrian crossing. Since this station is near the end of line, it was decided  the initial build for the project will only serve the south side of North Loop 340 at Scroggins Drive. The primary destination at this location is the high school on the south side. Riders traveling outbound to Scroggins Road will have to travel to the end of line and back to Scroggins until a pedestrian crossing can be constructed with the North Loop 340 improvements. 

Station Design Updates

Station Platform 

  • The initial proposed design for each station featured a raised platform behind the curb. Final preliminary engineering plans now include either a raised or curb-height platform. 

  • Currently there are four station designs being considered, two of which are raised platform designs to be featured on Franklin Avenue. These raised platforms are 40-feet in length and are either 10 or 12-feet wide. For other areas of the Waco BRT corridor, the station platforms are to be at a curb height of 7-inches, and are either 8 or 10-feet wide, where 8-feet wide is the minimum permissible width per Americans with Disabilities Act regulations.


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We welcome your input to help inform the BRT station locations.

The public comment period for this phase of the project will close Friday, July 2, 2021.

Listed below are the proposed BRT stations. Each tab features a station location map that is based on the 30% preliminary engineering and environmental review process and a comment form.

BRT Station Design

The Waco BRT station design would provide a safe, accessible and comfortable experience for transit riders. The proposed BRT station design includes a raised platform behind the curb with a cantilever structure that features modular and scalable shelter elements to maximize shade. The design also reflects spatial coordination to accommodate bus doors and reflects input received from the public during the feasibility study for this project. Ultimately the design for each BRT station will be customized based on station size and location.

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BRT Station Amenities

Tier 1

The tier 1 amenities would be at every station:

  • Shade canopy

  • Seating

  • Station identification

  • Real-time bus arrival information displays

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Tier 2
Additional BRT station amenities that would be part of some stations based on potential budget and right-of-way constraints:​

  • Emergency Phones

  • Security cameras

  • Off-board fare collection 

  • Digital display boards

  • Power and communication cabinets

  • Wi-Fi (on-board and/or off-board)

  • Roadside markers

  • Bike racks

  • Trash receptacles

  • Lean rails or seat walls

  • Solar capability

  • Boarding indicators

  • Bollards

Public Feedback Highlights

2020 - 2021 Preliminary Engineering & Environmental Review Process 

  • Public feedback indicates there is support for the Waco BRT project and the benefits it will provide.

  • Key benefits the community attributes to the Waco BRT project include: 

    • Transit improvements

    • Quality of life from having transportation access to jobs, schools, shopping and medical facilities

    • Environmental and economic benefits

  • A majority of the station location comments were in support of the proposed station locations

  • Additional comments included requests for:

    • Electric vehicle considerations to address air quality issues

    • Additional BRT routes to reduce the need for transfers

2018 Feasibility Study

Input received from the public during the 2018 Feasibility Study for this project favored a cantilever station design structure and prioritized the following as preferred station area amenities:

  • Route information/way finding signs

  • Free public Wi-Fi

  • Real-time bus arrival information

  • Ticket vending machines

  • Pedestrian access and safety

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