In concert with the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce
and The Chamber for a Greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro

Thursday, June 20 – Friday, June 21, 2019
Richmond and Northern Virginia

Register online here

Contact with questions 

Click here for the list of current registrants

The regional business community is leading a tour this summer to Richmond and northern Virginia to visit two bus rapid transit systems – the Richmond Pulse and the Metroway serving Alexandria and Arlington – and the Virginia Railway Express commuter rail service in northern Virginia. In addition, we will learn about the Flash BRT system, currently under construction in suburban Maryland.

Elected officials, transportation partners, and business and community leaders will attend the tour to learn more about transit planning, implementation, and lessons learned; land use and affordable housing near transit; station and corridor design; community engagement; and more. 

The June 2019 RTA tour — held in concert with the chambers of commerce serving Durham and Chapel Hill-Carrboro — will provide new findings, insights, and perspectives as our region prepares to implement multiple bus rapid transit lines, initiate commuter rail, and update transit plans in Durham and Orange counties. Read more about our opportunity to advance enhanced transit in this recent RTA blog


Register online here to attend or sponsor the tour 

Early registration fee:  $599 by May 24, 2019

General registration fee:  $749

  • Registration fee includes travel between the Triangle, Richmond, and Northern Virginia, overnight hotel stay in Alexandria, all meals and snacks, an evening welcome reception, ground transportation in Virginia, and all conference materials. 
  • The RTA tour begins on June 20 at 7 a.m. in Durham and concludes on June 21 by 7 p.m in Durham.
  • Space is limited due to transportation and venue restrictions. Please register early. 
  • RTA membership is not required to attend the tour.

More information

Contact with questions 

Current tour registrants

  • The Chamber For a Greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro – Aaron Nelson
  • Chapel Hill Transit – Brian Litchfield, Matt Cecil
  • City of Durham – Bill Judge, Scott Whiteman
  • Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce – Geoff Durham, Timothy Downs, Bryan Fox
  • City of Raleigh – Dhanya Purushothaman, Ralph Recchie, Bynum Walter
  • ECS Southeast – Jamie Nieves
  • GoTriangle Board – Will Allen
  • GoTriangle Board; Durham County Commission – Ellen Reckhow
  • GoTriangle Board; Orange County Commission – Mark Marcopolos
  • GoTriangle Board; Wake County Commission – Sig Hutchinson
  • GoTriangle Board; Town of Wake Forest – Mayor Vivian Jones
  • HH Architecture – Siler Ransmeier, Evan Leinbach
  • HNTB – Mark Huffer
  • MetLife – Geoff Lang
  • Regional Transportation Alliance – Joe Milazzo, Natalie Ridout
  • Research Triangle Foundation – Linda Hall
  • Town of Cary – David Spencer
  • UNC Chapel Hill – Brad Ives
  • WSP – Will Letchworth

Tour agenda outline

We will receive briefings, presentations, or guided tours from the following organizations (partial list)

From Richmond and Central Virginia

  • ChamberRVA
  • City of Richmond, Va.
  • Greater Richmond Transit Company (GRTC)

From Northern Virginia and metropolitan Washington, D.C.

  • Arlington County, Va.
  • City of Alexandria, Va.
  • Montgomery County, Md.
  • Virginia Railway Express

RTA Major Investors

RTA is the voice of the regional business community on transportation in North Carolina’s Research Triangle region. See below for the list of major investors in the RTA business coalition.

RTA Gold, Sustaining Gold*, Presenting Gold**, Omnia Gold*** members

Logos shown at the bottom of this and every RTA webpage

Clark Nexsen
Duke Energy

EDGE5 — Wake County Economic Development Program
Forge Communications
Fred Smith Company
*Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce*
IBM Corporation
Kane Realty
Red Hat, Inc.
Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina***
Wetherill Engineering, Inc.

RTA Silver Members 

AT&T North Carolina

Brios Media
Chatham Park
Coastal Federal Credit Union
Credit Suisse

Duke University

Fidelity Investments

First Citizens Bank

First National Bank
Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau

Gregory Poole Equipment Co.Lenovo
Martin Marietta
Maupin Travel

Mott MacDonald
North Carolina Railroad Company
North Carolina State University
PSNC Energy Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority
SAS Institute, Inc.Smith Anderson
The Special Event Company

STV Inc.
Summit Design and Engineering Services, PLLC
SunTrust Bank
The Sunrock Group
The Umstead Hotel & Spa
UNC Chapel Hill
UNC Health Care/UNC REX Healthcare

Senior Regional Partners
Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization
Durham-Chapel Hill- Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization
GoRaleigh / City of Raleigh
North Carolina Railroad Company
Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority
Town of Cary

RTA Bronze Members
ABB Inc.
Bayer CropScience LP
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina
Branch Banking & Trust Co.
Capitol Broadcasting Co., Inc.
Clancy & Theys Construction Company
Fairway Outdoor Advertising
Fox Rothschild LLP
Highwoods Properties Inc.
Raleigh Regional Association of Realtors
Ramey Kemp & Associates, Inc.
Skanska USA Building, Inc.
WakeMed Health & Hospitals
Wake Technical Community College
York Properties, Inc./McDonald-York Building Company

Tour Sponsors

Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina – presenting sponsor

Become a sponsor of the 2019 RTA tour. Contact Natalie Griffith Ridout for more information. 

Past RTA tours

Click here for agendas, reports, and presentations from prior RTA tours since 2005

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