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Thursday thoughts at 3

Let’s “combine” Raleigh and Durham — into “the R&D cities” of North Carolina

Of course, we will still be the Research Triangle region — and no, we don’t actually need to get rid of the boundary between the two cities — but this playful exercise may help bring to light who we are as smart, innovative, and collaborative regional community. One question that frequently comes up in economic development, […]

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The many travel benefits of cleaner roadways

RTA is pleased to partner with the NC Department of Transportation and the NC State Highway Patrol for the statewide Spring Litter Sweep initiative, which began April 13 and runs through this Saturday, April 27. One of our primary goals is to help increase awareness of this effort to improve the appearance and travel experience of […]

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A transit opportunity

This week we released a statement, in concert with our founding chambers of commerce from Durham and Chapel Hill-Carrboro, affirming the regional business community’s ongoing focus on accelerating multimodal solutions, particularly in the western Triangle, in light of the discontinuation of the light rail project. The current situation is obviously not ideal. However, it does […]

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A faster train trip from Raleigh to Charlotte? NCDOT is looking at it.

The Regional Transportation Alliance has focused on improvements to regional and intercity transportation for more than 15 years. Sometimes the process is fairly quick, and sometimes it seems slow. Driving within North Carolina’s Piedmont crescent can also be quick or slow, depending on how I-40 (within the Triangle) and I-85 (from the Triangle to points […]

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Drone, drone on the range

The Research Triangle region made national news again this week for transportation. Only this time, the story wasn’t about private or public passenger transportation — although the results will absolutely benefit the public. RTA bronze member WakeMed Health and Hospitals is the host site of the first drone-based continuing commercial delivery service in the country. […]

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A focus on preserving Capital (Boulevard’s schedule)

At our 2019 annual meeting, we noted that the new draft state transportation plan was brutal from a scheduling standpoint, given the significant delays to a host of upcoming priorities. At last month’s quarterly RTA Leadership Team meeting, the group established projects that upgrade signalized roadways to freeways as our organization’s focus for schedule preservation. The Leadership […]

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Bike, bus, and car lanes – how can they all “fit”?

Transportation is undergoing a fundamental, welcome, but challenging transition, particularly in our urban centers. Many, but certainly not all, of the users of our downtown street networks arrive and travel by automobile. Cars provide both mobility and accessibility to and within downtowns. To downtown: For any city or town within the Triangle, cars are often […]

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