For several months, the regional business community has been touting the competitive mobility advantage of the Triangle market, including our responses to various articles on Amazon HQ2 (e.g., New York Times, Moody’s).
We continued to put our thoughts together, and with the help of RTA Leadership Team member firm Kimley-Horn, we released a comprehensive summary at our annual meeting in December 2017, which we entitled “America’s Most Forward-Moving Region: RTA 2018 Triangle Mobility report .“
While no one disputes that there is some traffic congestion here, we are uniquely positioned among growing markets as growth-ready, for a host of reasons that include:
- 40 more miles of new freeway in the next 10 years – more than 90 miles total since 2000
- More than $1 billion in new local funds for transit in Wake County alone in next 10 years
- Almost 50 nonstop destinations plus two daily nonstop transatlantic flights
Given our low existing congestion numbers, coupled with expected stable travel times, and a steadily-increasing suite of flexible, scalable transit options, we expect to continue to be successful….
… However, we take nothing for granted, so the regional business community will initiate our 2018 RTA Summit Series that will consist of a regional conversation concerning what else we need to be focusing on – as a business community and as a region – to stay on top. To jump-start that conversation, I highlighted ten example ideas at our 2017 annual meeting – you can scroll through them here – and our members and guests developed several others at the event.
I hope that each of our RTA members and friends can join us for one or more sessions of the Summit Series. Please let me know if you have questions.
Let’s get moving,
Joe Milazzo II, PE
RTA Executive Director