RTA Priority: Advance the acceleration of enhanced transit regionwide
- Push fast transit implementation regionwide on freeways, streets, and dedicated corridors
- Support land use policies to maximize the success of light rail, commuter rail, bus rapid transit
- Lead regional business efforts to encourage transit use and expanded travel options
RTA is focused on rapid service improvements including the creation of an enhanced frequent network, four new bus rapid transit corridors, and initiation of regional commuter rail between Durham and Raleigh.
In addition, RTA is focused on the experience and perception of the new enhanced transit system including considerations for propulsion technologies including electric vehicles, dedicated RED bus lanes, and stop/station investments, as well as enhanced communication to increase awareness of the benefits and progress of transit. More information on RTA’s Wake Transit focus is here.
RTA supports land use policies to maximize the success of the Durham-Orange light rail corridor between Durham and Chapel Hill and is focused on the completion of the Chapel Hill North-South Bus Rapid Transit corridor. More information on RTA’s Durham-Orange transit focus is here.
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 Our focus now is to have the light rail funding cap repealed by the legislature.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.