The Regional Transportation Alliance continues to work with our partners to advance the creation of a robust regional transit system.

RTA transit polls

The Regional Transportation Alliance business coalition and area chamber partners from Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Chapel Hill, Holly Springs, and Morrisville have helped to fund transit polls since 2009.  Click on the links below for the results of the polls:


Durham and Orange counties

Congratulations to the citizens, leaders, and transit partners of the western Triangle as enhanced transit advances in Durham and Orange counties following successful referenda in 2011 and 2012!  Click on these links for the approved plans in Durham and Orange counties.  For more information on implementation of enhanced transit in the western Triangle, visit


Wake County

RTA has endorsed the Wake County transit plan and fall 2016 referendum.  We previously endorsed a bus rapid transit-based approach for Wake County and the approved plan reflects that framework.

Prior information (before the development of the process that led to the current, approved transit plan) follows.

We support the ongoing efforts of Wake County to create an approved initial transit implementation plan, including the development and execution of a robust public engagement process.  See the links below for key information about the draft Wake County Transit Plan.

Wake County Commissioners’ questions about the plan, and responses

– RTA member questions about the plan, and responses, with information from RDU pending as of early 2013

– Statement from RDU Airport Authority concerning transit and RDU Airport, provided by chairman Tommy Hunt in April 2013:

  • The Airport Authority applauds the region’s ongoing efforts to expand and implement new transit opportunities to support our region’s projected growth.
  • The Airport Authority recognizes the public’s interest in some type of connection between the rail system and RDU. To this end, we will continue to partner with TTA to ensure our customers have the ability to connect from the rail system to the airport. Based upon projected ridership numbers, we and the TTA agree that at first this connection will be supported by the TTA’s mass transit bus system.
  • Development of a rail connection between a metro rail station and RDU will be developed in the later stages of the rail plan as the primary focus is to connect Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. When the time comes to begin work on a rail connection, we will collaborate with TTA.

– For additional information about the Wake County Transit Plan, click here.



Johnston and other nearby counties

Up to this point RTA has not focused on enhanced transit in counties beyond the three core counties of Durham, Orange, and Wake.  However, as conversations continue in Wake County, and with Durham and Orange counties having already passed their local option referenda, we will keep in mind opportunities to incorporate Johnston County — already more populous than Orange — and other nearby counties into the dialogue.



RTA supports the development of an enhanced transit system that will serve employees, businesses, and the broader community


The RTA, Member Chambers, and the regional business community has been a longstanding supporter of a robust, effective enhanced transit system, and has has continued to support the advancement of transit over the past decade.  Our efforts have focused on transit education, outreach, exploration of options, and empowerment.  Some key examples follow, along with a summary list of engagement by the business community on transit.


In spring 2008, the RTA announced its support for the recommendations of the Special Transit Advisory Commission (STAC). We highlighted our commitment to a transit future with buses first, then circulators and rail, paid for by a 1/2-cent sales tax, and with a careful examination of governance. We also recognized that detailed studies need to be finalized to identify specific sub-regional options to consider in each county that interface well with each other.


In early 2009, the RTA released its working recommendations for future transit plans which include:

  • Support the multimodal transit vision of the Special Transit Advisory Commission (STAC), which includes buses first, then circulators and rail
  • Support the staged implementation of light rail transit throughout the entire 56-mile Special Transit Advisory Commission (STAC)-recommended corridor (Chapel Hill to North Raleigh), pending the approval of a detailed implementation plan
  • Compare and evaluate both commuter and light rail operation for the STAC corridor as well as other rail corridors under consideration by the MPOs and prioritize all potential rail investments
  • Encourage inclusion in the regional plan of fast-growing nearby counties – especially Johnston, which is already the third most populous county in the Triangle area
  • Consider advance investments in trackage, station, and bus connection elements in order to convey a sense of permanence and accelerate transit-oriented development (TOD).


In 2011 and again in 2012 the RTA endorsed local option transit referenda in both Durham and Orange counties.  Both of those fall referenda were successful!  For more information on implementation, visit


Since 2010 the RTA has supported the development of a Bus on Shoulder System (BOSS).  The pilot began in July 2012 and achieved a successful nine-month milestone in April 2013.  For more information, click here:


The RTA has consistently supported efforts to make transit simpler for travelers.  In spring 2012 the Triangle became the first metropolitan area in the United States where travelers can go online to track the location – and even predict the arrival time – of every public transit bus in the region, all in real-time.

The“GoLive” bus tracking service by TransLoc is now available for every bus across all seven public transit providers in Wake, Durham, and Orange counties. The system addresses one of the most common complaints about transit—uncertainty.  Thanks to the great efforts of our region’s transit partners, that is no longer a worry here.

  • There are apps for iPhone, Android, and Blackberry available for download right now.
  • If you see any bus stop around town, you can simply text “GoLive” and the stop number (printed on the circular sign at the majority of stops) to find out the next bus arrival time.
  • You can also directly visit:, click* on the bus route you want, and watch the bus move.  You can also click on a specific bus stop on that map and get the predicted bus arrival time.

Congratulations to each of the region’s transit partners (listed below) for making the GoLive online bus tracking system a reality!

  • Capital Area Transit
  • Cary Transit
  • Chapel Hill Transit
  • Duke University Transit
  • Durham Area Transit Authority
  • NC State University Wolfline
  • Triangle Transit


The following summary list is a sample of our support for transit and our engagement on this issue:

  • 2005         RTA San Diego visit (light rail/trolley, commuter rail) and report
  • 2007-8     Trips to Charlotte by both Cary and Raleigh chambers of commerce
  • 2008         RTA creates region’s first regional transit overview map (Durham-Orange counties, Wake County)
  • 2008-09   RTA engagement in Special Transit Advisory Commission (STAC)
  • 2009         RTA and Raleigh Chamber visit to Dallas (commuter, light rail, transit-ready)
  • 2009         RTA successful support for Toll 147 and Toll 540 Turnpike
  • 2009         Raleigh Chamber, RTA successfully advocates for local option legislation (H 148)
  • 2009         RTA coordinates study of sales tax projections from NCSU professor Mike Walden
  • 2009-12   RTA and area chambers coordinate annual transit poll
  • 2010-11   RTA Transportation Breakfast includes remarks from county commissioners
  • 2010         RTA Annual Meeting  includes interactive exercise on transit
  • 2011         RTA Leadership Briefing and Tour focuses on Denver’s transit systems  and station
  • 2011         RTA holds Solutions Forum concerning Regional Transit Improvements
  • 2010-12   RTA “Make Transit Simpler” action team offers bus numbering recommendations
  • 2010-12   I-40 Regional Partnership, coordinated by RTA, studies Bus on Shoulder System
  • 2012         RTA Leadership provides questions about draft Wake County plan to County
  • 2012         RTA Leadership Briefing and Tour to Cleveland and Pittsburgh (bus, rail, TOD)
  • 2012         RTA participates in Cary Chamber visit to Austin (more bus rail, TOD)
  • 2013         RTA Leadership Briefing and Tour to Md., Va., DC