RTA Priority: Highlight new innovations and paradigms to accelerate mobility solutions.

Examples include emerging concepts in connected transportation, intelligent systems, automation, electric propulsion and more, as well as methods to provide more flexible and scalable solutions such as variable number of left turn lanes (VNLTL).

Current Focus areas

  • The RTA supports the advancement of autonomous vehicle pilot projects in the Research Triangle region and encourages the consideration of electric buses as new transit investments are deployed in our market.
  • The RTA supports the implementation of express shoulder lanes, including the first pilot project for I-540, now funded in the draft State Transportation Improvement Program as of summer 2017.

Recent Successes

  • RTA leadership endorsed the 540 Triangle Expressway as an autonomous vehicle proving ground in January 2017, supporting the NC Turnpike Authority’s formal USDOT application
  • The RTA 2016 State of Mobility event featured presentations on self-driving vehicles, the secure Internet of Things (IOT), and artificial intelligence with speakers from Cisco, IBM, and Meridian Autonomous
  • RTA initiated the consideration of express shoulder lanes at the 2015 meeting of the I-40 Regional Partnership. An I-540 express shoulder lanes project was submitted for review in 2016.

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