See below for the current list of all RTA transportation priorities, solutions, and objectives as well as selected regional leadership objectives from our approved 2019-20 RTA Action Plan

Our top 5 priorities for 2019-20 are here

Transportation Priorities and Regional Leadership objectives

Legislation and policy

  • Protect and fund the data-driven Strategic Transportation Investments prioritization law
  • Support land use policies to maximize success of transit, highway, and freight rail investments

Funding and financing

  • Explore innovative, sustainable funding approaches including network access fees, local options
  • Support methods to accelerate project delivery

Multimodal freeways

  • Accelerate the Complete 540/Southeast extension to I-40
  • Promote congestion relief for I-440, I-40; US 1, US 70 conversions to freeway; advance I-87, I-42

Multimodal streets

  • Accelerate multimodal, scalable improvements for US 1, US 64, US 70, and NC 54
  • Support a focus on complete streets, including bicycle share programs and bike lane initiatives


  • Support dynamic left turn intersection (DLTi) pilots and other low-cost operational solutions
  • Pursue Synchronized Streets, roundabouts, and other mobility and safety innovations

Traffic operations and safety

  • Advance shoulder use pilots, on-ramp signals, other managed freeway elements for I-540, I-40 etc.
  • Explore targeted speed limit increases and variable speed limits

Regional transit

  • Accelerate rapid transit corridors, “RED” lanes, level boarding, signal priority, simplified fares
  • Develop scalable regional bus rapid transit vision via multimodal streets and freeways

Intercity higher speed rail

  • Support Southeast corridor improvements between Raleigh, Richmond, N. Virginia, and D.C.
  • Advocate “metro express” intercity rail service to Charlotte to improve trip times and reliability

RDU Airport and air service

  • Convene task force for sustainable funding for RDU Airport Infrastructure Development (“AID”)
  • Partner with RDU to increase the number of international and domestic flights

Rapid research and deployment / RTA Acceleration Fund

  • Deploy targeted RTA funding to catalyze, pilot, and accelerate innovative transportation solutions
  • Develop and leverage rapid, targeted research to support policy initiatives

Emerging technology and paradigms

  • Highlight and advance innovations including intelligent systems, automation, electric propulsion
  • Explore the potential of hyperloop for our market and to connect to nearby regions

Regional Travel Experience initiative

  • Create visitor arrival experience through enhanced roadway design and landscape maintenance
  • Connect communities and destinations via improved wayfinding and guiding road aesthetics