RTA coordinates and highlights a variety of targeted research efforts. We emphasize focused exploration of transportation issues, and each research project is designed to advance our regional mobility agenda. Some also have statewide and even national implications, including RTA-led research on controlled roundabouts, published in 2014.
The RTA thanks our research volunteers from various private engineering companies, law firms, marketing companies, etc. and greatly appreciates the ongoing financial support of each of the investors in the RTA Research, Action, and Solutions initiative.
RTA research efforts and focuses include:
- Tours and inter-city visits attended by regional leaders traveling together to competitive regions to learn new ideas for transportation, urban design, land-use, and more
- Transit polls of voters in Triangle area counties since 2009 help to measure the opinion environment
- Nationally presented and published research on Controlled Roundabouts (“SuperCircles” or “metered roundabouts”) to advance low-medium volume intersections in the Triangle
- Mobility Benchmarks – national and local data compares our market’s mobility with those of peer regions
- Solutions to enhance I-40 and our entire core freeway network through the I-40 Regional Partnership including a field visit to Minneapolis-St. Paul to discover urban freeway and transit options
- Best practices and ideas for improved travel options through the RTA Solutions Forum series
- Support and advance current discussions on regional transit in Wake County with the RTA Transit Innovations series, providing expert presentations since 2003