Identifying sustainable funding for essential growth at RDU airport is the top transportation priority of the regional business community, and it will remain so until it is successfully resolved.
The RTA RDU AID task force presented preliminary findings and recommendations at the 2020 RTA annual meeting on Jan. 17, 2020.
- Brief summary of preliminary findings and recommendations (4 pages)
- Preliminary findings and recommendations (14 pages)
- Preliminary findings, recommendations, and research report (62 pages)
- Cary Citizen (Jan 22, 2020)
- News & Observer (Jan 18, 2020)
- Triangle Business Journal (Jan 17, 2020)
- WRAL TechWire (Jan 17, 2020)
- Triangle Business Journal (Sept. 12, 2019)
About the task force
The RTA RDU Airport Infrastructure Development (“AID”) task force reviewed relevant information about RDU’s infrastructure and operating needs and formulated preliminary recommendations for new sources of revenue and funding during fall 2019 and winter 2020.
The RTA RDU “AID” task force is a diverse group of business leaders from RTA member firms who are committed to thoughtfully reviewing funding mechanisms for current and projected plans at the airport.
RTA RDU AID task force members include:
- Joe Anglim, Senior Director, Corporate Strategy, Red Hat, Inc.
- Jim Beley, General Manager, The Umstead Hotel and Spa
- Sarah Gaskill, President and CEO, Morrisville Chamber of Commerce
- Lauren Guy, Marketing Manager, HH Architecture
- Linda Hall, Executive VP and CFO, The Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina
- Rob Herman, GM/Executive Director, Workstation Business Unit, Lenovo
- Harold Hicks, Senior Director, Real Estate, Fidelity Investments
- Monty Irvin, President and CEO, Ramey Kemp and Associates, Inc.
- Dave Krauss, Managing Director, Credit Suisse
- Sarah Quinlan, Managing Director, Carolantic Fund
- Mike Schoenfeld, VP Public Affairs and Government Relations, Duke University
- Gray Styers, Attorney, Co-chair of Infrastructure Practice, Fox Rothschild LLP
Timetable and resources
The RTA RDU AID task force was announced on September 12, 2019. The task force met several times this fall and provided preliminary recommendations at the RTA annual State of Mobility event on January 17, 2020.
RTA RDU Airport Infrastructure Development (“AID”) task force
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Why is the business community creating this task force?
RDU is experiencing unprecedented, exponential growth: Enplanements are up more than 40% since 2013, while usage of security checkpoints has increased by more than 50% in just the past two years during peak periods. In addition, there are currently no gates available for new service offerings during peak departure times.
These significant, increasing delays for patrons and growth limitations on air carriers are compounded by a projected capital funding shortfall of between $1.5 billion to $2 billion within a decade at RDU due to inadequate funding sources.
The regional business community recognizes the importance of resolving this significant challenge, and the RTA business coalition has determined the identification of sustainable funding for RDU as a top priority. The naming of the task force demonstrates our focus on the issue and our partnership with RDU.
Q. Is this task force related to the proposed quarry expansion at RDU?
No. The land-lease agreement was executed in March 2019 by the Airport Authority Board of Directors. The task force will only consider the lease in terms of the $24 million it is estimated to generate for airport use.
Q. Who are the members of the task force?
The task force consists of business leaders from RTA member firms who have demonstrated a willingness to share diverse perspectives in a direct, collaborative, and supportive manner. The members are women and men with backgrounds in real estate, marketing, strategy, revenue generation, financial management, engineering, innovative business models, risk management, and more. RDU Airport Authority senior leadership will work alongside the RTA volunteer task force for the duration of this initiative. In addition, a companion RTA advisory group will be formed to support the efforts of the task force.
Q. What is the timetable for providing recommendations?
RTA will “aid” our RDU Airport partners by identifying opportunities to fund landside and airside infrastructure projects. The task force will provide preliminary recommendations at the RTA 18th annual meeting, which will be held on Friday, January 17th, 2020, at the Embassy Suites Raleigh/Durham/Research Triangle in Cary.
Q. Can others participate in the discovery process of finding solutions or making suggestions?
Yes! Anyone can make suggestions or comments by emailing RDUAID@letsgetmoving.org.