RTA Leadership Briefing and Tour — agendas and tour reports:

Regional Transportation Alliance 
2018 QuickTour – Return to Richmond
Pulse Bus Rapid Transit 

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 — Richmond, Virginia

More than 75 members and partners of the RTA business coalition traveled to Richmond, Virginia on Tuesday, August 7 for our 2018 QuickTour of Richmond’s new Pulse bus rapid transit system and enhanced transit network redesign – both of which launched in June 2018 – to hear reactions and lessons learned from Richmond’s transportation, elected, and business leaders.

Our 2018 RTA Leadership Briefing and Tour served as a quick follow-up to prior our two-day visit to Richmond in November 2017 where 75+ regional leaders learned about the planning, design, and construction of the BRT corridor, the region’s frequent transit network redesign, land use planning, and more.

Final agenda

2018 RTA QuickTour working agenda – Tuesday, August 7
Tour began at ChamberRVA – 919 E Main Street, 17th floor, Richmond, Va.

9 am – Welcome remarks and light breakfast
   – Levar Stoney, Mayor, City of Richmond
   – Kim Scheeler, President and CEO, ChamberRVA
9:15 am – Overview of Pulse BRT, network redesign, and transit-oriented land use
   – Carrie Rose Pace, Director of Communications, Greater Richmond Transit Company
   – Mark Olinger, Director, Dept. of Planning & Development Review, City of Richmond
10 am – Field visit
   – Review of Pulse BRT, enhanced bus network and RVA bike share
12 noon – Lunch keynote and discussion The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing
   – David Green, CEO, Greater Richmond Transit Company
   – Jennifer DeBruhl, Chief of Public Transportation, Dept. of Rail and Public Transportation, Commonwealth of Va.
1:30 pm – Closing
2 pm – Adjourn

Download full draft agenda – rev Au 3 ’18

Tour presentation decks
Tour recognitions, sponsors, and Triangle rapid transit overview
PulseBRT overview – Carrie Rose Pace, Greater Richmond Transit Company
Pulse corridor land use plan – Mark Olinger, City of Richmond
– BRT comparator – Pulse BRT, proposed Chapel Hill BRT, proposed Wake Transit BRT

Media coverage:  WRAL-TV, final media release

Regional Transportation Alliance 
2017 Leadership Briefing and Field Visit:
Bus rapid transit, multimodal connections, urban redevelopment in Virginia’s capital city
Tuesday, November 28 – Wednesday, November 29 — Richmond, Virginia

More than 75 business, elected, and transportation leaders attended the RTA 2017 Tour to learn about Richmond’s efforts to develop and implement a regional transit vision, including the new bus rapid transit line and changing land uses.

2017 Richmond tour materials

Regional Transportation Alliance 
2016 Leadership Briefing and Field Visit:
Commuter Rail, Bus Rapid Transit, Bikeshare and Emerging Innovations 
Tuesday, June 28 — Northern Virginia area

Around 50 business, elected, and transportation leaders participated in the Regional Transportation Alliance business coalition’s 2016 Leadership Briefing and Field Visit to the Northern Virginia area on June 28.

Trip participants gained first-hand experience and insight about transit innovations including bus rapid transit and commuter rail – primary components of the Wake Transit plan and elements of approved plans in both Durham and Orange counties.

Attendees learned about the Virginia Railway Express commuter rail service and theCrystal City Potomac Yard Transitway bus rapid transit system in the City of Alexandria and Arlington County. We also visited Capital Bikeshare stations and received an overview presentation about Olli, a new automated mobility solution being micro-manufactured in nearby National Harbor, Maryland.

See below for tour materials and list of speakers.


Speakers and presentation decks:

See more on Twitter and Instagram via #RTAtour16 and @RTATriangle 

Regional Transportation Alliance
2015 RTA Leadership Briefing and Tour
Sunday, April 26- Tuesday, April 28, 2015 — Austin, Texas

Conducted as part of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce Inter-City Visit and Leadership Conference to Austin, Texas.

RTA members and partners participated in all meals and all plenary sessions with more than 100 fellow Inter-City Visit participants from Sunday arrival through Tuesday morning breakfast.

The agenda featured a transportation program highlighting the recent $1 billion light rail and road improvement bond that was voted down by a 14% margin as well as a transportation breakout session on urban freeway innovations coordinated by RTA. The agenda concluded with an alternative session on air service with the Austin Chamber of Commerce.

Download the tour summary.

See below for speaker information for transportation focused sessions.

Plenary Transportation Session

Austin transit referendum


  • Jeremy Martin, Vice President of Regional Infrastructure, Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce
  • Robert Spillar, PE, Director of Transportation, City of Austin

RTA-Coordinated Sessions

Urban freeway and transit innovations — express lanes and freeway caps


  • Steve Pustelnyk, Director of Community Relations – MoPac Improvement Project, Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority
  • Wes Burford, Director of Construction – MoPac Improvement Project, Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority
  • Todd Hemingson, Vice President Strategic Planning, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority
  • Terry McCoy, PE, Deputy District Engineer, Texas Department of Transportation
  • Robert Spillar, PE, Director of Transportation, City of Austin

Air service in Central Texas and Central North Carolina
Joint meeting with Austin Chamber of Commerce Air Service Task Force

Regional Transportation Alliance
2014 Leadership Briefing and Tour
Carmel and Indianapolis, Indiana
Sunday, April 27 and Monday, April 28, 2014


The 2014 RTA Leadership Briefing and Tour presented one of America’s leading examples of transportation and land use innovations in Carmel, Indiana, the roundabout capital of the United States and “Best Place to Live in America” (CNN Money Magazine, 2012), along with an opportunity to learn about proposed enhanced transit options in the Indianapolis region, one of the most vibrant metropolitan areas in the Midwest, and to discuss opportunities to improve air service.

Business, government, and civic leaders from the Research Triangle region of North Carolina received an overview presentation and walking and driving tours of urban design, intersection, corridor, and walkability improvements in Carmel, the leading “edge city” in the Indianapolis region. Attendees also heard from regional transportation executives advancing a new vision for transit in greater Indianapolis, as well as from past and current elected leaders from Indianapolis, the capital and largest city of Indiana.  We also had a conversation with chamber and airport staff about air service enhancements and innovative airport revenue options at Indianapolis International Airport.
>>  download final agenda

Central Indiana’s Transit Initiative
Town of Cary tour summary presentation

Other resources:
–  video rendering of conversion of signalized roadway to attractive, free-flow Keystone Parkway in Carmel  (optimized for MSIE 10 browser)
–  images of urban design and transportation innovations in Carmel


Regional Transportation Alliance
2013 Leadership Briefing and Tour to Baltimore, Suburban Maryland, and Metro Washington, D.C.
Presented by Lenovo and Duke Energy
Sunday, May 5 – Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Download tour summary presentation

Download final agenda and list of tour participants
The 2013 RTA Leadership Briefing and Tour to Baltimore, Suburban Maryland, and Metro Washington, D.C. highlighted options that could help relieve congestion in our market and enhance our economic competitiveness.

Business, government, and civic leaders from the Triangle attended educational sessions and tour a series of freeway, intersection, and transit locations in the Washington-Baltimore metropolitan region.

RTA tour participants learned together with other opinion leaders and key professionals in our market and gained insights into a series of new and upcoming traffic and transportation solutions.


District Department of Transportation  (1234)

Maryland State Highway Administration (1)

Maryland Transit Administration (12)

Maryland Transportation Authority (1)

Ports America / Maryland Ports Authority (1)

Virginia Department of Transportation (1)

2013 Tour presented by Duke Energy and Lenovo  

2013 Session Sponsors
– Parsons Brinckerhoff
– Kimley-Horn and Associates


Regional Transportation Alliance
2012 Leadership Briefing and Tour to Cleveland and Pittsburgh
Saturday, April 21 – Monday, April 23, 2012
Presented by Forest City

The region’s top elected, business, and transportation leaders joined the 2012 RTA Leadership Briefing and Tour to visit two leading U.S. cities in transportation, economic and urban development. Attendees gained insight into the transit systems of Cleveland and Pittsburgh with exclusive tours and education sessions from the leaders of the two regions’ public transit providers.

View the updated final report here.

For the RTA tour agenda, click here.
(The first page is a summary of the entire RTA tour)

For the list of RTA tour participants, click here.

2012 Tour Presented by Forest City

2012 Session Sponsors
– CDM Smith
– Lenovo