Here is a brief weekly update from the RTA business coalition — the voice of the regional business community on transportation. 

RTA will study zero fare for everyone in 2020
Two years ago the regional business community endorsed a focus on reducing barriers to using transit, including the pursuit of enhanced fare-free transit. This week, the RTA Steering Committee agreed to initiate an RTA-funded study on “zero fare for everyone,” with a focus on how the business community can support transit, and help ensure the success and benefits of a potential regionwide fare-free, pass-free bus system. This study, which we expect to launch in early 2020, will also examine possible zero fare pilot options to maximize benefits and value, while minimizing risk. This week’s blog provides additional background on advancing the business case for zero fare for everyone.

RTA welcomes our newest Presenting Gold members
This fall, Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority and Fred Smith Company both upgraded their RTA membership to the Presenting Gold level. This level affords them prominent recognition at one of our major RTA events and allows our organization to expand our program of work on behalf of the region. Learn more about each of the RTA membership levels and consider upgrading to gain enhanced visibility and recognition benefits throughout the year. RTA thanks these regional champions of mobility, and of course our first RTA Omnia Gold member, The Research Triangle Foundation of NC.

As the holidays approach, be sure to find time to register for The State of Mobility 2020: RTA 18th Annual Meeting. There is no better way to start the new year than with the region’s annual business gathering on transportation. One or more tickets are included with your membership — invite a colleague and register now for the event on January 17!

Let’s get moving,

Joe

Joe Milazzo II, PE
RTA Executive Director