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Business group leads field visit to tour transit innovations in Va. on Tuesday
50 community leaders travel to Arlington, Va. to experience our potential transit future

RALEIGH—The Regional Transportation Alliance business coalition is conducting a transit-focused leadership briefing and field visit to the northern Virginia area on Tuesday, June 28.

Around 50 regional business, elected, and transportation leaders will gain first-hand experience and insight about transit innovations including bus rapid transit and commuter rail—primary components of the bipartisan, network-based Wake Transit plan and elements of approved plans in both Durham and Orange counties.

Attendees will receive briefings from Virginia staff and tour the Crystal City Potomac Yard Transitway—the D.C. metro region’s first bus rapid transit system with dedicated lanes—as well as Virginia Railway Express commuter rail and the Capital Bikeshare system.

Participants will learn about a new self-driving electric shuttle known as “Olli” which incorporates the IBM Watson artificial intelligence platform. This automated technology provides an example of emerging opportunities for circulators and last mile solutions.

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“Seeing commuter rail, bus rapid transit, and bike share in a fast-growing, competitive market like northern Virginia will help us to better understand key elements of our regional transit future,” said RTA Chair Steve Brechbiel, senior director of community relations for Quintiles. “This experience is particularly timely as we prepare for an important transit referendum vote this fall in Wake County.”

“The regional business community has consistently supported innovative, scalable transit solutions,” said RTA Transit Vice Chair Valerie Jordan with Cisco Systems, Inc. “We are interested in learning together about how automated transportation could open new doors of accessibility for places across our region such as Research Triangle Park.”

For more information, visit letsgetmoving.org/FieldVisit.

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About the Regional Transportation Alliance business group
The Regional Transportation Alliance leverages the strength of the regional business community to advance critical transportation priorities that support our growing market. More than 100 companies and 23 chambers of commerce work in concert with elected and transportation partners through RTA. RTA is a regional program of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce.