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

Final tour materials and media

Tour presentations

Event overview

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, and visit a freeway cap in Richmond. We will also receive an evening address from Mr. Matt Welbes, the executive director of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).

Around 60 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


Late registration fee: $899 after June 7
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. No refunds will be provided.
  • RTA membership is not required to attend the tour.

Tour agenda outline

Thursday, June 20

  • 7a – Depart Durham for Richmond – Duke University west campus – secure, overnight parking provided
  • 10a – Briefing on frequent transit network and Pulse BRT in Richmond, including partnership with VCU
  • 11a – Tour Pulse BRT and freeway cap in Richmond
  • 12n –  Lunch and briefing on Richmond TOD and Chapel Hill BRT
  • 2p – Depart for northern Virginia
  • 4p – Arrive Alexandria
  • 5:30p – Reception and program, including remarks from FTA executive director
  • Overnight stay at The Alexandrian hotel

Friday, June 21

  • 8a – Briefing on BRT and land use in northern Va.
  • 10a – Tour Metroway BRT in Alexandria and Arlington
  • 11a – Lunch and briefings on Maryland BRT and VRE commuter rail
  • 1p – Tour VRE commuter rail in Arlington and Alexandria
  • 1:30p – Depart Alexandria for Durham
  • by 7p – Arrive Durham

Tour presentations and briefings

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

  • ChamberRVA, serving Greater Richmond, Va.
  • City of Richmond, Va.
  • Greater Richmond Transit Company
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Arlington County, Va.
  • City of Alexandria, Va.
  • Montgomery County, Md.
  • Virginia Railway Express, serving northern Va.
  • Federal Transit Administration
  • Chapel Hill Transit (north-south BRT update)

Current tour registrants

  • AECOM – Drew Joyner, Sunny Nandagiri
  • Capitol Broadcasting Company – Adam Klein
  • The Chamber For a Greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro – Aaron Nelson, Katie Loovis
  • Chapel Hill Country Club – Matt Nash
  • Chapel Hill Transit – Brian Litchfield, Matt Cecil
  • City of Durham – Bill Judge, Scott Whiteman
  • City of Raleigh – David Eatman, Michael Moore, Het Patel, Dhanya Purushothaman, Ralph Recchie, Bynum Walter
  • Clark Nexsen – Josh Hurst
  • Downtown Durham, Inc. – Rachel Wexler
  • Duke University – Sam Miglarese
  • Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization – Aaron Cain, Andy Henry
  • ECS Southeast, LLP – Jamie Nieves
  • GoTriangle Board – Durham County Commissioner
    – Ellen Reckhow
  • GoTriangle Board – Orange County Commissioner
    – Mark Marcopolos
  • GoTriangle Board – Wake County Commissioner – Sig Hutchinson
  • GoTriangle Board – Wake Forest Mayor – Vivian Jones
  • GoTriangle Board – Will Allen
  • GoTriangle – Jenny Green, Jay Heikes, Kaitlin Hughes
  • Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce – Geoff Durham, Bryan Fox
  • HDR – Jeremy Potter, Neil Kollios
  • HH Architecture – Siler Ransmeier, Evan Leinbach
  • HNTB – Corey Vernier
  • Kimley-Horn – David Capparuccini, Paul Elman, Melissa DuMond
  • McDonald York Building Company – Mike Kriston
  • MetLife – Geoff Lang
  • Michael Greenspon
  • North Carolina Railroad Company – Scott Saylor
  • Orange County Commissioner – Earl McKee
  • Regional Transportation Alliance – Joe Milazzo, Natalie Ridout
  • Research Triangle Foundation – Linda Hall
  • STV, Inc. – Monica Barrow
  • Summit Design and Engineering Services – Ginny Kirk Andrews, Randolph Cook
  • Town of Carrboro – Mayor – Lydia Lavelle
  • Town of Cary – David Spencer
  • Town of Cary – Town Councilor – Ken George
  • Town of Chapel Hill – Bergen Watterson
  • Town of Chapel Hill – Town Councilor – Hongbin Gu
  • Town of Morrisville – Benjamin Howell
  • Triangle J Council of Governments – John Hodges-Copple
  • UNC Chapel Hill – Brad Ives
  • VHB – Don Bryson, Taruna Tayal
  • Wake County – Nicole Kreiser
  • Whitman Requardt and Associates, LLP – James Ritchey
  • WSP – Travis Hepler, Will Letchworth, Ellen McAlexander

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

Dominion Energy 
Duke University

Fidelity Investments

First Citizens Bank

First National Bank
Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau

Gregory Poole Equipment Co.
Martin Marietta
Maupin Travel

Mott MacDonald
North Carolina Railroad Company
North Carolina State University
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
Bayer CropScience LP
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina
Branch Banking & Trust Co.
Capitol Broadcasting Co., Inc.
Clancy & Theys Construction Company
Fox Rothschild LLP
Highwoods Properties Inc.
Lamar Advertising
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
Duke University – parking sponsor
HH Architecture

Tour Sponsorship Information

Tour sponsor: $999

  • Benefits: company name recognition on event signage and event agenda, name and verbal recognition at event, name recognition in RTA promotional emails, name recognition on RTA event webpage.
  • Please note that tour sponsorship does not include tour registration
  • Note:  RTA Gold, Silver, and Bronze memberships also include recognition and visibility benefits at all RTA events

To become a sponsor of the 2019 RTA tour: Register online or contact Natalie Griffith Ridout, 919.664.7062.

To become a Leadership Team investor of the RTAView membership benefits here and/or contact with questions. 

Past RTA tours

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