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Thursday thoughts at 3

Let’s celebrate an essential partnership

At our 18th annual meeting next week, RTA will celebrate the achievement of what has been the regional business community’s highest priority for several years — accelerating 540 to I-40 in southern Wake County. We will also recognize two key partner organizations that came together to provide an essential resolution for this most important multimodal […]

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A New Years “Resolution”

As the week and decade drew to a close, I decided to take my family to the Outer Banks, to see the Wright Brothers National Memorial. We are all proud that North Carolina is “First in Flight” and we are blessed that the Triangle is a little over 3 hours away from where aviation transportation […]

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A new year and decade of mobility

Tomorrow marks the beginning of 2020 — a new year and decade for vital transportation investments in the Research Triangle region. I wrote an article in the News & Observer published on Dec. 25 that takes a look at the year and decade ahead. It is as follows: The Regional Transportation Alliance is the voice […]

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“Zero Fare for Everyone” — Advancing the business case

Two years ago, the Regional Transportation Alliance — the voice of the regional business community on transportation — endorsed a focus on reducing barriers to using transit, including the pursuit of enhanced fare-free transit. This week, the RTA Steering Committee agreed to initiate an RTA-funded study on “zero fare for everyone,” with a focus on how the business community can […]

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Beautify I-40 Fortify has begun

If you were to take the South Saunders Street exit (I-40 exit 298-B) towards Downtown Raleigh, as you travel along the ramp, and look at the inside of the loop you would see … nothing. But something is coming. In fact, something is already happening. NCDOT, in concert with the City of Raleigh, has begun […]

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Thanksgiving wishes

The Regional Transportation Alliance, the voice of the regional business community on transportation in central North Carolina, wishes each of our members, partners, and friends a safe and happy Thanksgiving. Whether you are taking to the stairs, the sidewalks, the streets, the roads, the rails, or the skies, I hope that each of you gain […]

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The Road Not Taken

In the transportation and travel realm, there is a phrase called “Transportation Demand Management” or TDM. There are typically a few goals for a TDM program: Reduce automobile travel during peak periods, and therefore reduce rush hour congestion severity and duration, or Reduce automobile travel overall, and therefore reduce emissions and related environmental impacts Under […]

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A Capital Gateway Idea

Every once in a while an idea for improving a corridor comes along that seems almost self-evident. The City of Raleigh’s efforts to improve Capital Boulevard between 440 and 540 — and its current recommended design concept — fit squarely in that category. Currently, no one I know enjoys traveling to or through Capital Boulevard […]

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Complete 540 groundbreaking celebration

The groundbreaking for Complete 540 on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, is a momentous occasion for our region, and for the top transportation priority of the regional business community. It also represents the culmination of over a decade of advocacy. Connecting 540 with I-40 will complete the backbone of the Triangle’s regional freeway network and create an essential link […]

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