RTA Priority: Advance the implementation of the voter-approved Wake Transit plan and accelerate the Durham-Orange transit corridor.

RTA is focused on advancing enhanced transit with a terrific customer experience to maximize our community’s investment. Areas of focus include the creation of an enhanced frequent network, five new bus rapid transit lines, regional commuter rail between Durham and Raleigh, and accelerating the Durham-Orange transit corridor between Durham and Chapel Hill.

Recent Successes

The half-cent sales tax referendum to fund the approved Wake County transit plan was approved by voters November 2016. the Regional Transportation Alliance business coalition formally endorsed the plan in January 2016  and the Wake County Commission approved the recommended Wake Transit plan and referendum vote in June 2016.

Durham and Orange counties passed successful transit referenda earlier this decade including plans with bus, bus rapid transit, commuter rail, and light rail components.

GoTriangle has completed its environmental study for the Durham-Orange light rail project and received a Record of Decision for the proposed light rail corridor that would connect UNC Hospital with Duke University and Downtown Durham by 2025-26. RTA applauds the completion of this milestone. Our focus now is to have the light rail funding cap repealed by the legislature.

In addition, RTA has commenced a cooperative initiative with GoTriangle called “Multimodal 54” to explore both short- and long-term opportunities to strengthen multimodal regional connectivity between Chapel Hill-Carrboro and southern Durham/RTP/RDU/Wake County.

The Regional Transportation Alliance business coalition approved the recommendations below for regional transit initiatives in summer 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 summer 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

The Regional Transportation Alliance business coalition provided these and other recommendations to our regional transit partners, and we will continue to engage our members and others to optimize and accelerate our regional transit future.

> More information on the history of RTA engagement and policy on transit