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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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Expanding, enhancing, accelerating regional transit

At our recent BRT Opportunity Series event at Duke University, we announced that we will launch a study in partnership with GoTriangle and the North Carolina Department of Transportation to accelerate the development of a regional bus rapid transit network to improve connectivity, access, and opportunity across our region. The study will define an illustrative […]

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Funding and financing RDU

In a prior weekly blog we noted that we have named a 12-member regional task force to explore expense and revenue options for Raleigh-Durham International Airport in response to accelerated growth and capital funding needs at RDU. The RTA RDU Airport Infrastructure Development (“AID”) task force is currently reviewing relevant information about RDU’s infrastructure and […]

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Chapel Hill North-South BRT: a vital link to our transit future

Earlier this summer, the Town of Chapel Hill formally submitted an application for Small Starts federal funding as part of the Town’s request for a Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Capital Investment Grant. The application is for the North-South bus rapid transit corridor project. The Regional Transportation Alliance business coalition has endorsed this project as a […]

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I-440 improvements begin in earnest

The modernization and expansion of the I-440 Beltline in southwestern Raleigh has been our highest reconstruction priority for some time. While work has been underway for a few weeks, with the closing of the Melbourne Road overpass this week — it will be closed for an entire year — we can now say the project […]

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Hyperloop returns to North Carolina

Less than three months ago, the regional business community welcomed several members of the Virgin Hyperloop One team to the Research Triangle, as the focus of our annual RTA breakfast event. Next month, VHO team members return to the Triangle — this time with their CEO, Jay Walder, and with the current version of the […]

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