Wake transit improvements begin this week
As you know, our top priority for last year was Wake Transit. RTA led the media and communications strategy for the campaign to improve and expand bus service, initiate 20+ miles of bus rapid transit across 4 corridors, and launch regional commuter rail. Starting Monday, a host of weekday improvements will begin including all-day 30-minute service for multiple GoCary routes, all-day 30-minute GoTriangle service from Raleigh to both Cary and RDU Airport, and adding South Saunders Street to GoRaleigh’s 15-minute frequent service network. In addition, other regional improvements will launch this week to complement the Wake Transit investments, including increased frequency for GoTriangle routes serving the Regional Transit Center from Durham and Chapel Hill.

It is heartening to see voter approval translated into action so quickly. We will keep you abreast of these and other upcoming regional transit improvements in the months to come.

Durham-Orange corridor achieves vital milestone
The Federal Transit Administration has given approval for the Durham-Orange light rail project to move into the full engineering phase. In addition, GoTriangle recently completed a very promising regional market assessment of development potential around future light rail transit stations.

GoTriangle has achieved a vital federal milestone for the corridor, and only a small number of projects nationally make it to that point. Going forward, the regional business community will continue to support land use policies which will help maximize the success of this corridor as well as future commuter rail and bus rapid transit corridors across the Triangle. We will also continue to push for repeal of the state legislative rail funding cap – which also impacts the proposed regional commuter rail between Durham and Wake counties – to preserve the intent of the Strategic Transportation Investments (STI) legislation.

Thank you for your commitment to RTA to ensure transportation is a competitive advantage for the Triangle region!

Let’s get moving,

Joe

Joe Milazzo II, PE
RTA Executive Director