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.
In December 2015 Wake County released its recommended transit plan. In January 2016 the Regional Transportation Alliance business coalition formally endorsed the plan. In early June 2016, the Wake County Commission approved the recommended Wake Transit plan and a fall referendum vote.
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 Our focus now is to have the light rail funding cap repealed by the legislature.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.