The top transit priority — and top overall priority — for the Regional Transportation Alliance business coalition is to support the development of an effective regional transit plan for Wake County and the successful passage of the Wake transit referendum.

RTA is pushing for the inclusion of multiple BRT corridors in the Wake Transit plan, providing private-sector vetting, and assisting with research and outreach for the Wake Transit initiative.

RTA is also engaging in the progress of the Durham-Orange corridor with an ongoing organizational emphasis on ensuring and accelerating regional connectivity via dual use of the corridor by bus rapid transit.

The Regional Transportation Alliance business coalition approved the recommendations below for regional transit initiatives in fall 2015. You can also click here to learn more about the history of business community engagement on transit through the RTA.


Current RTA position on regional transit

The Regional Transportation Alliance business coalition approved the following recommendations for regional transit initiatives in fall 2015.

Overall RTA recommendations on current regional transit initiatives

  • Ensure strong regional connectivity
  • Serve us both now and as we grow
  • Leverage funding support from all levels of government

Specific recommendations for Wake Transit initiative

  • Support the inclusion of a solid frequent network
  • Encourage focus on speed, quality, practicality, scalability, and permanence
  • Support multiple BRT corridors, including bus lanes where appropriate
  • Support freeway BRT on I-40 and I-540
  • Ensure we don’t overspend on infrastructure for non-frequent service

Specific recommendations for Durham-Orange corridor

  • RTA endorses dual use of portions of the proposed light rail corridor by bus rapid transit to ensure and accelerate strong regional connectivity and enhance operational efficiency.
  • Sections with dual use would operate as a transitway, similar to the proposed dual use guideway segment east of Durham station.
  • Dual use of portions of the Durham-Orange corridor (pdf) would have several benefits, including:
    – Optimize use of proposed corridor
    – Increase transit ridership along corridor guideway via interlining
    – Higher transit frequency to minimize patron delays
    – Strengthen regional connections and reduce transfers
    – Allow more travel paths to utilize corridor
    – Direct connections from Downtown Chapel Hill, Carrboro with/to Southpoint, RTP, RDU, Wake Co.
    – Leverage existing and future road infrastructure
    – May enhance economic development within and/or beyond route

The Regional Transportation Alliance business coalition provided these recommendations to our regional transit partners during October 2015. We will continue to highlight these recommendations to our members and others to optimize and accelerate our regional transit future.