Kids (with Youth GoPass) ride transit free starting next week
Next week is truly a “big deal” for transit for our region. All people 18 and under will now be able to ride every transit bus in the region without paying a fare — as long as they have a free youth GoPass. To sign up, bring a completed Youth GoPass application along with proof of student’s birthday (e.g., copy of birth certificate) to your local Wake or Durham county library. I did this with my kids a few days ago and the process was very easy. The pass is valid until June 2023 or until a child turns 19, whichever comes first. If the former applies, they can sign up for a new pass at that time. We applaud our partners for this effort to reduce barriers to considering and using transit for young people and families across our region!  

Next week’s Richmond tour is sold out, but you can still “go”
RTA will be visiting Richmond, Virginia next week with 80 business, elected, and transportation officials from our area. We will have a field visit of the new bus rapid transit system in our neighboring capital city, while receiving a briefing from Richmond’s mayor and several governmental leaders. While our 2018 tour is now sold out, you can still be a part of it by following along via Twitter: #RTAtour18 and @RTATriangle. Thank you to our Leadership Team, Bronze members, and Tour Sponsors who have made the Richmond trip possible.

I-40 / Raleigh-Garner-Clayton improvements to begin
NCDOT has signed a contract to improve I-40 between Raleigh and south of Garner. I-40 is currently 3 lanes per direction from the I-440/87 split (exit 301) south to US 70/70 business (exit 306), and 2 lanes per direction south of that. The freeway will be widened to 5 lanes per direction north of exit 306 and then 4 lanes per direction to south of NC 42. The I-40 project also includes complementary improvements at the NC 42 interchange and a new, companion interchange at Cleveland Road. In addition, portions of the bridges will be prepared for potential future express shoulder managed lanes. Some project work will begin this fall, with major construction commencing in 2019; the new lanes will be open from Raleigh at least the US 70 bypass (future I-42, exit 309) by December 2021.

Thank you for your investment in the voice of the regional business community on transportation!

Let’s get moving,

Joe

Joe Milazzo II, PE
RTA Executive Director