See below for the top priorities of the Regional Transportation Alliance business coalition, along with the current status of each priority including RTA engagement and impact.

See the 2016 RTA Action Plan for an overview of each strategic goal and objective for every RTA focus area. You can also click here for our detailed legislative and policy priorities.

Top priorities – RTA spearheads or provides leadership

  • Support the Wake Transit initiative — including the development of an effective regional transit plan for Wake County and the successful passage of the Wake transit referendum – top transit priority and top overall priority; RTA successfully pushed inclusion of multiple BRT corridors, provided private-sector vetting, and assisted with research and outreach
  • Accelerate “Complete 540” to I-40 in southeastern Wake County – top new freeway priority; RTA saved study; draft environmental report released in fall 2015; RTA pushing to accelerate funding to I-40
  • Conversion of US 70 to freeway between Durham (at future I-885/NC 147) and I-540 – top freeway conversion priority; RTA highlighted and accelerated funding; more than 50% of corridor now funded
  • Air Service Advancement Project (ASAP) to strengthen international service – top air service priority; RTA announced ASAP marketing initiative in Dec 2014 and elevated conversation in 2015; Paris flight approved in summer 2015; RTA pushing usage of Paris and London nonstops
  • Shoulder managed lanes to relieve peak congestion – RTA introduced and pushed concept for 540; NCDOT initiated feasibility study; RTA coordinating partner meetings
  • I-495 completion / Future Interstate authorization via Federal Transportation legislation reauthorization – RTA successfully lobbied for support in N.C., Va.; Future Interstate language included in federal transportation reauthorization signed by President Obama in fall 2015
  • Synchronized Streets, Dual Left flashing arrows – I-40 Partnership coordinated by RTA creates new 2-pagers published by NCDOT and submitting I-40 interchange improvement requests to NCDOT during 2015
  • Freeway traffic flow protection pilot for I-540 via ramp metering signals – RTA successfully lobbied for authorizing legislation; RTA providing outreach suggestions for 2016 implementation

Top priorities – RTA engages or supports

  • I-40/Fortify reconstruction, including travel and congestion relief options – RTA providing outreach and congestion relief suggestions; delays lower than expected
  • Enhanced seamless regional transit, including Durham-Orange corridor – RTA and Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber seeking review of dual use for Durham-Orange corridor to ensure, accelerate regional connectivity
  • Access-and user-fee based funding approach – RTA highlighs concept and supports funding approach; legislation approved by NC General Assembly and signed by Governor in 2015, complete
  • Higher speed rail to Richmond – top intercity rail priority; final environmental document approved 2015