Richmond BRT and some lessons for the Triangle
Richmond has a great bus rapid transit system. I say “great” because the stations look terrific, the service is frequent and becoming more so, the project was cost-effective and tailored for their community, and most importantly because the BRT is open. RTA led a 75+ person delegation to Richmond earlier this month to experience it, both the N&O and WRAL covered it, and I have compiled some observations here – including lessons for our own enhanced transit future. The Triangle has five proposed bus rapid transit corridors – we are committed to seeing those accelerated to bring our transit future to life, sooner.
Triangle receives funds to enhance transit bus experience
This week, USDOT announced that it would provide funds to help both Chapel Hill Transit and GoTriangle purchase electric vehicles; RTA wrote letters in support of both applications. While these will not be the first electric buses in the Triangle – RDU will introduce electric buses for its ParkRDU Economy shuttles in early 2019 – they are welcome additions and we are not far away with potential delivery as soon as 2020. GoTriangle is considering placing its new electric buses on its Route 100 which provides direct, 30 minute service from both the regional transit center and downtown Raleigh to RDU.
I-87 advances in eastern NC
More than 20 miles of the existing US 64 freeway east of Raleigh are now on the draft list for potential upgrade to I-87 in eastern North Carolina. NCDOT announced this week that a 15-mile segment from Nashville to east of Rocky Mount had been programmed for improvements; this complements a six mile section from Wendell to Zebulon at US 264 (future I-587) that is planned for widening from four lanes to six and upgraded to Interstate standards. While these projects will still have to “recompete” for funding since they are not in the near-term portion of the state plan, they both now appear in the draft 10-year state improvement plan which is positive news for the new Interstate.
RTA members get our region moving faster — thank you for your investment!
Let’s get moving,
Joe Milazzo II, PE
RTA Executive Director